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NTEU CHAPTER 105

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Chapter 105 represents U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations, Border Patrol and Air & Marine employees across the San Diego area covering six ports of entry as well as several satellite locations. We represent uniformed Officers, Agriculture Inspectors, and non-uniformed employees.

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Our team of dedicated union representatives are committed to ensuring that rights of all our employees be respected. To organize federal employees to work together to ensure that every federal employee is treated with dignity and respect.

CBP Needs Employee Testing and Emergency Funding, Reardon Testifies

Washington D.C. – Customs and Border Protection employees at the ports of entry are in dire need of on-site COVID-19 testing, reliable contact tracing and emergency funding to make up for the dramatic drop in user fees, according to testimony today from NTEU National President Tony Reardon.

 

“Throughout the pandemic, most international air, sea, and land ports of entry remained open and are staffed by CBP Office of Field Operations employees 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days of the year,” Reardon told Congress. “There are unique, ongoing challenges to make sure health and safety precautions at all CBP worksites are comprehensive and effective. As international trade and travel struggles to return to normal, our CBP members deserve every possible safety precaution CBP can implement.”

 

 

Reardon testified before the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Oversight, Management and Accountability, which conducted a virtual hearing on how the Department of Homeland Security can safely resume operations. NTEU represents 27,000 CBP Officers, Agriculture Specialists and trade enforcement personnel at 328 U.S. ports, plus 16 preclearance sites around the world.

NTEU Reiterates Call to Extend Federal Tax Filing Deadline

Washington D.C. – The federal tax filing deadline should be pushed to Oct. 15 according to the National Treasury Employees Union, which first called for the extension two months ago as the health crisis worsened.

“It has been eight weeks since we proposed giving taxpayers an additional six months to complete their 2019 federal returns, and it remains painfully clear they still need more time to file and employees need more time to safely process those returns,” said NTEU National President Tony Reardon.

Treasury and IRS officials initially extended the deadline from April 15 to July 15, but current economic and health conditions suggest that another three months, to Oct. 15, is necessary, Reardon said.

COVID-19 UPDATE April 30th

Hazardous Duty Pay: We have been actively working in Congress to include hazard pay for some positions included in the various coronavirus relief bills that Congress has been considering. In addition, a class action lawsuit, Braswell v. U.S., has been filed in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims seeking hazard pay for a proposed class of federal employees exposed due to the ongoing work performed within close proximity to infected persons or climates.  We will keep you informed of the progress of this suit, including if employees need to opt in. When the court eventually certifies a class, any NTEU employees who fit within the court’s final class definition should have a chance to become part of the suit. 

Families First Coronavirus Response Act: When the FFCRA took effect April 1st Chapter 105 asked the agency what was required of the employees to apply and how soon they could take advantage of this new entitlement. The agency said it was looking for guidance from headquarters. After asking multiple times what the ETA on FFCRA was we decided the agency was sitting on their hands and it was time for ACTION. As everyone saw in the email sent by the chapter, we listed how to qualify for FFCRA and we created our own process. The chapter then started asking employees who qualify to submit memos requesting the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201, Public Law 116-127, March 18, 2020). NTEU WAS DONE WAITING. Our actions with your help forced the agency to implement this new entitlement to care for our families. If you need help applying for FFCRA please contact your local stewards 

COVID-19 testing for employees: We are fighting for this at the HQ level. Our employees are in close contact with thousands of travelers a day raising the possibility of exposure. It is extremely important for our officers to have access to testing to protect ourselves and the community from further spread. In continuing this fight we have reached out to multiple private hospitals to possible partner with NTEU to provide testing or medical advice

Costco: NTEU was able to reach out to Costco’s Corporate Office to provide preferential treatment to first responders. Our employees absolutely need to stay focused and should not have to worry about their families having food or essentials at home. On April 8th Costco announced that they would be giving preferential treatment to first responders and healthcare workers. This is a huge win in our efforts to protect the men and women that are putting their lives on the line and potentially exposing themselves to covid-19 simply by reporting to work.

Media: When the level of the fight changes so does the game plan. All the issues we have been dealing with have been coming from headquarters. Because these shortsighted decisions have been coming from such a high an level, we needed to make sure our employees are heard. Nationwide NTEU chapters have done 22 News interviews. Of these interviews Chapter 105 did 17. We were interviewed by such media outlets as CNN, NBC, Channel 10 News, Breitbart, law enforcement today, Telmundo, Univision, The Union Tribune, Congressional Times, KOGO 760 and many more. Just recently our success was realized when the Commissioner dropped a letter on CBP.gov addressing our Chapter directly. Days later Headquarters agreed to meet with NTEU in order to discuss our demands.     

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