Leave Donation for Agent Anthony Ponzio!

This is one of our former stewards. It is highly unlikely he will ever return to being a PA and he is still having operations and rehab. If you guys could spread the word I would appreciate it.

ALL PERSONNEL:

Border Patrol Agent Anthony Ponzio from the Campo Station has been approved as a recipient for the Voluntary Leave Transfer Program. On December 5, 2015, BPA Anthony “Tony” Ponzio was struck by a vehicle while bicycling off-duty in Alpine, CA. Due to the extent and severity of his injuries, Tony was emergency-airlifted from the scene to Sharp Memorial Hospital suffering from several broken bones and internal bleeding. After three months in various hospitals, multiple surgeries, intense inpatient rehabilitation and physical therapy, he was released from the hospital. His mobility is assisted through the use of a wheelchair. Additional surgeries, coupled with inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation and physical therapy will be necessary in the immediate future.

Anyone wishing to donate Annual Leave may use the Leave Donor Form (OPM Form 630-A “Request to Donate Annual Leave to Leave Recipient under the Voluntary Leave Transfer Program”). The information required on the form should be legible and complete. The forms can be obtained from the following link: https://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/opm630a.pdf or you can contact your Mission Support Staff.

If you would like to donate leave to BPA Anthony Ponzio, please complete an OPM form 630A, scan and email all completed forms with signatures to the SDCLeaveRequests@cbp.dhs.gov or fax to (619) 216-4087.

Please note: Do not use “VLTP” on the email subject line. Please use “Leave Donation” or “OPM 630A.”

Questions may be directed to MSS Wendy Cooper at San Diego Sector’s Workforce Management Department at (619) 216-4050 or (619) 216-4069.

Mailing Addresses Update

If you are a union member for local 2554, please check that your mailing address is correct in the AFGE data base members only section.

Here is the link to create or set up your union member account: https://www.afge.org/

We encourage you to update your mailing address as well your profile as soon as possible. Tomorrow is the local nomination meeting for local officers and next month elections.

If you need further assistance with this please reach up to local secretary Guadalupe Valenzuela or President Amaya

Take Action Union Member FLSA Lawsuit

Members do not neglect and quickly print and fill these forms as per today August 9, 2016 you can still became part of this lawsuit.

MEMBERS CAN STILL BECAME PLAINTIFFS, FILE THE FORMS AND MAIL THOSE ASAP or BETTER FAX THOSE AT 202-452-1090

Attention!!!!!!!!! as per today AUGUST 9, 2016: if you are a union members and still have not file the lawsuit docs, you can still do it and send the documents to the address on the form.

WOODLEY & MCGILLIVARY
1101 Vermont Ave. , N.W.
Suite 1000
Washington, D.C. 20005
Fax 202-452-1090

K-9’s union members are highly urged to do it if you have not.

Contact us via email if you have questions on this regards.

Forms are at the bottom for you to print and file.

Reminder

Deadline to submit paperwork for FLSA Lawsuit IT HAS BEING EXTENDED UNTIL FUTURE NOTICE.

*** Questions such as whether your letter was received can be sent directly to the law firm at the following email address: info@wmlaborlaw.com

Also if you need to change your mailing address please email the local union office assistant , Rebecca Haro, at the following email address: rharo@nbpc2554.org

Respectfully,

Consent form FLSA

Posted in Pay

UPDATE FLSA LAWSUIT

Members do not neglect and quickly print and fill these forms as per today August 9, 2016 you can still became part of this lawsuit.

MEMBERS CAN STILL BECAME PLAINTIFFS, FILE THE FORMS AND MAIL THOSE ASAP or BETTER FAX THOSE AT 202-452-1090

 

Attention!!!!!!!!! as per today AUGUST 9, 2016: if you are a union members and still have not file the lawsuit docs, you can still do it and send the documents to the address on the form.

WOODLEY & MCGILLIVARY
1101 Vermont Ave. , N.W.
Suite 1000
Washington, D.C. 20005

K-9’s union members are highly urged to do it if you have not.

Contact us via email if you have questions on this regards.

Forms are at the bottom for you to print and file.

 

Reminder

Deadline to submit paperwork for FLSA Lawsuit IT HAS BEING EXTENDED UNTIL FUTURE NOTICE.

*** Questions such as whether your letter was received can be sent directly to the law firm at the following email address: info@wmlaborlaw.com

Also if you need to change your mailing address please email the local union office assistant , Rebecca Haro, at the following email address: rharo@nbpc2554.org

Respectfully,

Consent to suit FLSA form

Posted in Pay

CBP to Implement “High Five Program”

CBP to Implement “High Five” Program

Recently, the National Border Patrol Council was notified of U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s intent to implement a recognition program among employees.

It is called the “High-Five” program, which is ironic since that is what they wanted to call a watered down retirement program for employees and “is expected to foster a sense of teamwork, help build good morale, and promote employee engagement, and will be made available to all CBP employees.  To recognize a colleague’s exemplary efforts, employees can access the “High Five” webpage to select a recognition category, and include a personalized message that will be delivered to the recognized employee by e-mail.”

At this moment of all-time low morale due to pay cuts, curtailment of enforcement operations, and a blatant disregard for the rule of law by the Obama administration, it is shameful how CBP will attempt to pacify its employees, who know the failings of this agency the best, with a meaningless and hollow rewards program. The gold stars handed out in elementary schools have more meaning and value than any kudos brought forth by CBP.

In the spirit of the program, we thought we’d hand out our own “High-Fives.”

  • President Obama: Thanks to your non-enforcement of this nation’s immigration laws, especially in the Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Sector, resulting in thousands of families and children over-running the border…with nearly all of them still here.
  • Secretary Johnson: High-five for successfully destroying what little morale remained within DHS. You’ve managed to keep us at the bottom of the barrel of job satisfaction amongst all federal agencies.
  • Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske: Here’s an award for telling us how you really feel about employees when you said, “If some of these folks are so unhappy, they really need to reassess what they do and where they are.” Your 30+ years of law enforcement experience have really taught you how to inspire your subordinates!
  • Chief Michael Fisher: You get a “High-Five” for your math skills. Even when objective measurements show us to be less than 50% effective, your calculations state they we are 78-79% effective with 95% accuracy! In some worlds 1+1 really does equal 4.

Since Secretary Johnson is busy creating programs like “High-Five” and ignoring the real issues, we offer these solutions to strengthening border security and improving employee morale.

Take the leash off of the Border Patrol. Let Border Patrol agents do their jobs and enforce the laws on the books.

Protect those who protect this nation. Implement a zero-tolerance policy for those who assault Border Patrol agents.

Stop sacrificing Americans upon the altar of political correctness. American demand secure borders and the removal of those who break our immigration laws. End the Priority Enforcement Program and sanctuary city policies.

Stop scape-goating Border Patrol agents to appease special interest groups. The U.S. Border Patrol is a model law enforcement agency that uses force only when needed and that serves both this nation and the communities in which our agents work. Supporting the narrative espoused by pro-illegal immigration groups negates the good work done by agents.

We look forward to a time when DHS and CBP will take border security seriously and work with the agents standing watch on the front lines. Our agents don’t need an e-mail from a manufactured program to reinforce their worth, the thanks of a grateful nation and support of fellow agents on the border will suffice. Let us know when you’re ready to talk about real issues and problems, until then you can keep your trinkets and gold-stars.

PETITION to Honor fallen Border Patrol Agent Javier Vega Jr. with a Line of Duty Death (LODD) Designation

PETITION to Honor fallen Border Patrol Agent Javier Vega Jr. with a Line of Duty Death (LODD) Designation

Click on the link below to sign the petition:
(NOTE: e-mail verification is required, so please ensure you check your inbox after you sign the petition to verify your signature, otherwise your signature will not count.)

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov//petition/honor-fallen-border-patrol-agent-javier-harvey-vega-jr-his-sacrifice-line-duty-death-lodd-designation

ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS

Honor Border Patrol Agent Javier Vega Jr.

On August 3, 2014, Javier Vega Jr., or “Harvey” as his family and friends knew him, was enjoying family time with his wife (Andrea), sons (Jiovanni & Jarod), and his parents (Javier Sr. & Marie). The family was fishing at one of their favorite family spots located in an isolated area of Willacy County, Texas, which sits approximately 35 miles north of the U.S. / Mexico Border in South Texas (Rio Grande Valley). As they were enjoying their day, two men (who were later identified as criminal illegal aliens) approached the family and attempted to rob them, subsequently opening fire on the family. Harvey was shot and killed during the commission of this criminal act, while attempting to protect his family from these two criminal aliens, who had both been previously deported several times. During the shootout with the two criminal aliens, Javier Sr. was also shot and is still recovering to this day. Harvey lost his life doing what he had been doing all of his life, which was protecting others. As a former U.S. Marine, Harvey was drawn to the Border Patrol out of a sense of duty and patriotism. His life was cut short in front of his spouse, children and parents, a tragedy in and of itself, but when you add the fact that his murderers were criminal aliens illegally in the United States who never should have been present in our country, it makes the situation that much more tragic.

Border Patrol Agent Javier Vega Jr. entered on duty with the Border Patrol on February 11, 2008, with BP Class 745 and graduated from the BP Academy in Artesia, NM. He was assigned to the Kingsville, Texas Border Patrol Station and was assigned as a canine handler, a position he gave his all to.

The painful and unnecessary process that Harvey’s family has had to endure for two years in order to get his death classified as a Line of Duty Death (LODD) has become unbearable and disgustingly slow. Unfortunately, the Border Patrol’s leadership has all but been silenced on the matter (they weren’t even allowed to proclaim his name at a recent Law Enforcement Memorial in South Texas in which the names of fallen Border Patrol Agents was read aloud to those gathered to honor their sacrifice), as the decision as to whether a death is classified as a Line of Duty Death is left to the CBP Commissioner, in this case R. Gil Kerlikowske. Although the Commissioner has stated his “support” of declaring BPA Vega’s death a LODD, his actions have not indicated what his words would have you believe. Commissioner Kerlikowske is the only person within CBP (according to the CBP Valor Memorial Directive) that has the authority to declare a LODD for CBP’s Valor Memorial. Commissioner Kerlikowske has attempted to push the decision off on another entity, the Public Safety Officers Benefit Act Board, which falls under the Department of Justice, and who unfortunately has a backlog of cases to adjudicate.

The fact that the CBP Commissioner has twice failed to honor BPA Vega at CBP Valor Memorial Services in 2015 and 2016 (at CBP Headquarters in Washington, DC), and has only offered that he “supports” the LODD classification is an unspeakable tragedy and disservice to Harvey’s family and fellow Border Patrol Agents. Commissioner Kerlikowske’s decision to forgo making a decision, and instead “passing the buck” to DOJ, all the while offering hollow sympathy when questioned about it time and time again by Border Patrol Agents, only furthers the belief amongst the rank-and-file that CBP is out of touch with the men and women of the Border Patrol. We call on CBP Commissioner Kerlikowske to do the right and honorable thing, which is to honor the sacrifice made by Border Patrol Agent Javier Vega Jr. and declare his death a Line of Duty Death.

Without the Commissioner showing leadership and doing the right thing, the Vega family will be forced to endure another painful year of CBP failing to honor a true hero: their son, husband, and father.

Officer Safety Bulletin

Officer Safety Bulletin

Due to recent national events specifically targeting law enforcement and two highly suspicious incidents involving Border Patrol agents, the National Border Patrol Council encourages all agents to exercise extreme caution while performing enforcement operations. Criminal groups are surveilling and deliberately ambushing law enforcement officers for no other reason than they wear a uniform and badge.

Please remember to be aware of your surroundings at all time, have a reliable back-up to Agency issued communications, and work with back-up when feasible. We encourage all agents to wear their body armor while on-duty and check out supplemental lethal and non-lethal weapons platforms in order to defend themselves.

Be prepared to act, if necessary, to defend your life or the lives of others.