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Thursday, February 1st, 2018

The Feb 2018 meeting will be on:

February 15, 2018, 6:00 pm at:

125 South 2nd Street

Sierra Vista 85635

Friday, November 17th, 2017


During the scheduled Oct 11, 2017 Special Nominations Meeting there were nominations for the

Offices of President, Treasurer, Secretary, Executive Vice‐President, 1st Vice‐President, 2nd VicePresident and 3rd Vice‐President.

The Election Committee declared Samantha Rice the winner as Treasurer, Robert Pepperdine the winner as 1st Vice President, and Robert Lopez the winner as 2nd Vice President.  All were winners by acclimations having only one candidate nominated for each respective office.

There were more than one candidate nominated for the offices of President, Secretary, Executive Vice‐President and 3rd Vice‐President.  Therefore, on Nov 13‐15, 2017 there was an election for those offices held by manual secret ballot at the nine Tucson Sector Stations.  The ballots were tallied on Nov 16, 2017 at the Local 2544 Union Office.  The results of that election is as follows:



Number of Ballots
Valid Ballots Counted:                1013

Totally Void Ballots:

Unresolved Challenged Ballots:


Total Ballots Cast: 





  Candidate Name   Number of Votes
PRESIDENT Arturo Del Cueto     621     WIN       


Samuel Singer   379
SECRETARY Joey Spann     509     WIN     


Markus Winnecke   461
EXEC. VICE‐PRESIDENT  Keith Bocharski     620     WIN     


Daniel Dolan   358
THIRD VICE‐PRESIDENT  Hector Andujo     603     WIN     
Justin Sanders   367


Refer any questions and concerns to the Election Committee Supervisor:

Harley Hembd, National Representative

Phone:          623‐693‐3225


Thursday, October 19th, 2017

 NOTICE AFGE NBPC Local 2544 – Election of Officers



This notice is posted in accordance with the AFGE National Constitution and the By‐Laws of Local 2544 to announce the elections for the offices of President, Secretary, Executive Vice‐President, and 3rd Vice President.  The term of office for each will run 3 years through December 9, 2020.  The election of these officers will be by secret manual ballot.  Polling locations, dates and times are listed below.  ID will be required.


STATION                                 DATE                          HOURS POLLS OPEN

1.)  Ajo Station                      Nov 13, 2017                 7:00am ‐ 7:00pm

Room 418D

Address: 850 N. Highway 85, Why, AZ 85321


2.)  Willcox Station             Nov 13, 2017                 5:00am ‐ 5:00pm

Conference Room #A131

Address: 200 S Rex Allen Jr Dr., Willcox, AZ 85643


3.)  Douglas Station            Nov 13, 2017                 5:00am ‐ 5:00pm

Building B ‐ Training room #128B

Address: 1608 S Kings Highway. Douglas AZ. 85635


4.)  Casa Grande Station    Nov 14, 2017                 7:00am ‐ 7:00pm

Use of Force Building

Address: 9480 W Adams RD, Eloy, AZ 85131


5.)  Nogales Station             Nov 14, 2017                 5:00am ‐ 5:00pm

Rooms 234 and 235; second floor next to Equipment issue Address: 1500 W La Quinta Road, Nogales, AZ 85621


6.)  Brian A. Terry Station   Nov 14, 2017                 5:00am ‐ 5:00pm

Operations Building, Training Room #1073

Address: 2136 S. Naco Hwy, Bisbee AZ, 85603


7.)  3‐Points Station               Nov 15, 2017                 7:00am ‐ 7:00pm

Mat Room

Address: 16435 W. Ajo Hwy, Tucson AZ 85735


8.)  Tucson Station                Nov 15, 2017                 8:00am ‐ 8:00pm

Main conference room

Address: 2430 S Swan Rd, Tucson, AZ 85707


9.)  Sonoita Station              Nov 15, 2017                 6:00am ‐ 6:00pm

Processing Building, Union Office

Address: 3225 AZ‐82, Sonoita, AZ 85637

NOTE: All times mentioned herein are Arizona Mountain Standard Time.


Eligibility to Vote:  Members must have their dues paid through Nov. 2017.  Members will be required to show an ID and sign for their ballot.  Members may only vote once.  Duplicate voting will not counted.

Election & How to Vote:  The election of officers will be conducted by secret manual ballot at each station.  Voting instructions will be posted at the polling locations.  Write‐in votes are not permitted.

Absentee Ballots

Absentee ballots must be requested directly from Election Committee Supervisor Harley Hembd, 623‐693‐3225.

Absentee ballots may be requested by telephone, FAX at 602‐281‐6188, or by email at  Members must provide their full name, address, and phone number to receive a ballot.  Absentee ballots should be requested as soon as possible to provide the member the best opportunity to receive and return the ballot in time to be counted on Nov 16, 2017.  Absentee ballot voting instructions will advise a member to mark his/her ballot in private, seal it in the secret ballot envelope, and place the secret ballot envelope into the stamped selfaddressed return ballot envelope to P.O. Box 91200, Tucson, AZ, 85752.  Printing his/her name and address on it and then mail.  Please follow the instructions carefully.

The Election Committee will pick up the absentee ballots from the US Post Office at 7959 N Thornydale Rd, Tucson, AZ 85741 at 8:00 AM on Nov. 16, 2017.


Election Ballot Tally Meeting

Date:   Thursday, November 16, 2017

Time:   9:00 AM

Place:  Local 2544 Union Office

2185 West Magee Road, Suite 125     

Tucson, AZ 82742


Announcements:  Winner announcements will follow the final count.  Announcements will be posted at all Local 2544 stations, (Ajo Station, Casa Grande Station, 3‐Points Station, Willcox Station, Nogales Station, Tucson Station, Douglas Station, Brian A. Terry Station, Sonoita Station), and social media sites, (Facebook:, Twitter: @NBPC2544 and Website:

Installation of Officers:  Newly elected officers will be installed during Local 2544’s bi‐monthly meeting on Dec. 13, 2017.

Observers:  Observers are allowed.  Candidates or a person designated by a candidate to observer any of these processes may contact the Election Committee Supervisor Harley Hembd, 623‐693‐3225, to coordinate attendance.  ID and sign‐in will be required.

Election Protest:  To be acted upon, all protests shall be made in writing and received by the Election Committee Supervisor by US mail, email, or fax, (contact information is below), no later than ten days after the Nov. 19, 2017 election date.

Refer any questions and concerns to the Election Committee Supervisor or Election Committee Chairperson:

Election Committee Supervisor  Election Committee Chairperson
Name:            Harley Hembd, National Representative Christopher Kraus
Address:        7618 W John Cabot, Glendale AZ 85308 855‐278‐6466 ext. 808
Phone:           623‐693‐3225
FAX:                602‐281‐6188

Downloadable file:

2017 L2544 Election Posting, FINAL, 19 Oct 2017


To view candidate profile follow link:

Candidate Profiles

Monday, October 9th, 2017

District 12 representatives will be present during the up-coming Nominations meeting on October 11 and during the subsequent polling and ballot count (dates to be announced later).  District 12 will ensure that the election is held and conducted within guidelines and policies set forth by AFGE and our own By-laws.


Friday, October 6th, 2017

Please see the attached document for the NBPC statement


House Budget Resolution 2018 Information

Friday, September 8th, 2017

This is the official announcement for he 2017 Election Committee.

The Election Committee serves as a independent entity within Local 2544, separate of the Executive Board, and will have all authority to govern the 2017 Election. All members that are in good standing are eligible but must be present during the Oct. 11, 2017 meeting to nominate or be nominated.








Local 2544 will form an Election Committee during October 11, 2017 Nomination Meeting, 6:00 pm, at

2185 West Magee Road, Suite125, Tucson, Arizona 85742.



To nominate individuals or be nominated to the 2017 Election Committee, you must be present at the October 11, 2017 meeting and be a member in good standing at the time of the nomination meeting. Dues must be current (paid through September 2017) by the time of the nomination meeting Oct 11, 2017 The Election Committee will be elected by a majority vote of the Local members prior to the beginning of the nomination process.

Duties of the Election Committee

Once elected, the Committee will meet in private and elect an Committee Chairman from among the committee members. The Committee will then decide on the balloting method and the rules governing the balloting, receive all mail associated with the 2017 Election, govern the nomination portion of the meeting, affirm candidates eligibility, responsible for crafting all announcements and notifications for the election, coordinating the voting locations with Sector/Station Management (if needed), overseeing the election process, tallying all votes, decide on contested ballots, answer questions about the election, receive and render judgement on all complaints, declare and announce winners of 2017 Election, administer oath to all Executive Board Members during the Dec 2017 meeting.

Election committee

Friday, September 1st, 2017




The nominations and election will be conducted in accordance with the

Civil Service Reform Act of 1958 (CSRA) and Part 458 of the Code of Federal Regulations, and insofar as lawful and practicable with the provisions of the AFGE Constitution and the Local 2544 Bylaws.



Nominations will be conducted for the following offices: President; Treasurer; Executive Vice President; Secretary; 1st Vice President; 2nd Vice President; and 3rd Vice President.  In accordance with Local Union 2544 Bylaws Section 18, all elected officers of the local will be delegates to the National Convention, District Caucus, National Border Patrol Council Convention, or any other meeting where delegates might be required in the order listed above.



Candidates elected in the election will be installed at the general membership meeting held on December 13, 2017 at the Local 2544 Union office at 2185 West Magee Rd Suite 125, Tucson AZ 85742 at 6:00 pm. The term of office shall run for three (3) years ending in December 2020.



Nominations for all officer positions of Local Union 2544 will be accepted from the floor at the Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 6:00 p.m. membership meeting held at the union office located at:

2185 West Magee Road, Suite125, Tucson, Arizona 85742.

Nominations for Officers may also be made in writing and sent to:

Local 2544 Election Chairman

2185 West Magee Road, Suite 125, Arizona 85742

Written nominations shall include

the nominator’s full name, address, work duty station, and the full name of the nominee.

Self-nominations will be permitted.

To be eligible to nominate candidates, a member must be in good standing at the time of the nomination meeting. Dues must be current (paid through September 2017) by the time of the nomination meeting.  No member will be allowed to be a candidate for more than one office in the election.  To be eligible for nomination, nominees must have been a member in good standing for one year (October 2016 through September 2017) of an AFGE local. The candidate cannot be a member of any labor organization that is not affiliated with the AFL-CIO. Candidates must accept the nomination in writing at the nomination meeting.  If the nominee is not in attendance, they will be notified in writing or verbally by the Election Chairman of their nomination and shall have until 5:00 p.m. on October 17, 2017, to provide written acceptance of their nomination.  In the event that the nomination acceptance is not received by the Election Chairman by October 17, 2017, the nominee shall be deemed for all purposes to have declined the nomination(s) for the office(s) for which the nominee has been nominated.


All candidates have the right to review Local 2544 membership list. If a candidate wishes to do so, they will have to make an appointment with:

 Local 2544 Treasurer Samantha Covino



The Election Committee will decide when the elections will begin, the dates, times, and how the election will be conducted. Once that information becomes it will be posted on the Local 2544 website and social media sites as well as posted on Union Boards. The 2017 Election committee will be voted on and formed prior to nominations and a separate announcement will be made for that committee.

Nomination notification

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

We are encouraging all members to update their mailing address and emails (do not use your Govt email) by going to:



You will need your AFGE member ID to log on or register. If you don’t have your ID number, please get with your Union Chief Steward or any Exec. Board member.

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

The bi-monthly meeting for June was cancelled due to lack of quorum.

Monday, May 8th, 2017

Local 2544 will hold a Special meeting with NBPC President Brandon Judd. President Judd will be answering questions from the membership.

A Glock  23 will be given to a Union member at the end of the meeting. The member must be present to win*.


WHEN: May 23, 2017 (Tues) @ 5:30 pm

WHERE: 160 South Scott Ave, Tucson AZ

* Local Executive Board Officers are not eligible for the “Glock Giveaway”