Checkpoint Grievance Settlement

On 4/7/17 Local 2554 signed a settlement agreement with the Department of Homeland Security concerning the grievance and subsequent arbitration between AFGE NBPC Local 2554 and 2595 and U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Border Patrol, Sectors El Centro, CA and Yuma AZ awarded 6/14/2012 by Katherine J. Thompson, Arbitrator.

“Eligible Border Patrol personnel” are current and/or former Border Patrol employees who are or were members of the El Centro and Yuma bargaining units and who between December 22, 2003 and December 31, 2009 were assigned to checkpoints in the El Centro and/or Yuma Sectors and were compensated with Administratively Uncontrollable Overtime (AUO) for checkpoint duties requiring them to wait for relief before leaving their checkpoint duty post.  Eligible Border Patrol personnel also include Border Patrol agents who were temporarily assigned to or detailed to the El Centro and Yuma sectors and who otherwise meet the criteria set forth in this paragraph.

On 7/19/17 AFGE NBPC Local 2554 voted to open the checkpoint list for 30 days starting 8/1/17 and ending 8/31/17.  At the end of this open period AFGE NBPC Local 2554 will finalize the checkpoint list and start to make payments to the affected personnel.

All that is required to add your name to the checkpoint grievance list is to send an e-mail to an executive board member stating your E.O.D. and that you worked at the checkpoints between December 22, 2003 and December 31, 2009.

Where do your Union dues go?

The union dues for Local 2554 are $29.34 every pay period.  There are 26 pay periods in a year divided by 12 months so your monthly union dues equal $63.57 per month.  This $63.57 goes directly to AFGE.  AFGE takes $20.91 per month and sends the remaining $37.77 to NBPC.  NBPC takes $28.00 per month and sends the remaining $14.60 to local 2554.  When the bi monthly amount of $29.34 leaves your paycheck only $6.74 goes to your local.

What do you receive for your $14.60 monthly contribution to Local 2554? Union reps are available to help with memorandums, grievances, and oral replies for discipline.  Local 2554 can bring agents issues to the PAIC, CPA, or the press.  Agents are eligible to participate in the dental plan, and any grievance or lawsuit that is brought against the agency.

What do you receive for your $28.00 monthly contribution to NBPC?  NBPC is the biggest contributor to PORAC paying $700,000.00 per year.  This allows you to call PORAC and be assigned a lawyer when you have a use of force, or are involved in a shooting.  NBPC also reimburses Local 2554 for training and technology up to $10,000.00 per year.  NBPC can bring agents issues to the President, Congress, and the press.  Agents are eligible to participate in any lawsuit that is brought against the agency.

What do you receive for your $20.91 monthly contribution to AFGE?  We are currently looking into how we can better utilize services from AFGE.  There are certain discounts you can receive from phone companies, credit card companies, and vehicle rental companies.  We receive training from AFGE, but we have to pay for it.  AFGE can also petition the federal government on our behalf.

Help BPA James Ammon

 My name is Aaron Lackie and I am writing this for my good friend James Ammon who was diagnosed with Stage 4 Colon Rectal Cancer. James is the loving husband of Betty Ammon, who he met on a mission trip to Mexico.  They have three children; David (9), Allen (6) and Charlotte (3).  James is the sole provider for his family. For as long as I have known James I have seen him as the kind of man who is stable, works hard for his family and tries his best to do the right thing. Which is probably why it took my wife and I by surprise when James started getting sick a few months ago…

Help El Centro Agent Mark Wheeler

Family and friends pray for the speedy recovery of Mark Gregory Wheeler. Mark was recently diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic lung cancer. We are all still processing the news. From what started as back pain, resulted in extensive spinal surgery, to the fight of his life. Anyone that knows him will say without hesitation, that Mark is such a great person…a family man with a kind heart and generous disposition. He’s a private person, so agreeing to allow us to start this campaign must have been a tough decision. Many of us who have had to deal with cancer and its treatment know it comes with high medical costs. We hope to raise funds in order to help Mark fight and overcome this cancer.

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NBPC Statement on Nomination of General John Kelly for DHS Secretary

NBPC Statement on Nomination of General John Kelly for DHS Secretary

The National Border Patrol Council would like to thank both President-elect Trump and Vice President-elect Pence for seeking our opinion about the nomination of General Kelly as the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. We have faith in President-Elect Trump, and although General Kelly does not have immigration experience, we recognize that he comes in with stellar credentials. We caution however, that because President-elect Trump’s meteoric rise was built on border security, we believe no other cabinet level nominee will be under more pressure to produce.

The NBPC was proud to endorse President-elect Trump very early on and we stood by him through thick and thin, and we continue to do so. However, our endorsement does come with expectations. We expect the new Administration to work with the NBPC to solve the historic problems within the Agency that have created an environment that consistently ranked at the bottom of all Federal Agencies in morale, job satisfaction, and trust in leadership. The challenge of meeting our expectations and solving these problems will be placed on the shoulders of General Kelly.

General Kelly’s troops, by all accounts, loved him, which, bodes well for the morale issue within DHS, and he appears to be a no-nonsense rule of law General. Tom Ridge is the closest comparison. Secretary Ridge also had stellar credentials but due in large part to the newness of the department and it’s size and breadth of work, he wasn’t successful. Unlike Secretary Ridge; however, General Kelly will have history on his side and if he comes in with a fresh approach – the non-establishment “outside of the box thinking” approach – and if he surrounds himself with the right people, we believe President-elect Trump’s administration will allow him to be successful.