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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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Paid Family Leave Proposal Endorsed by NTEU

Washington D.C. – Federal employees who experience a family medical crisis would receive paid leave to care for their loved one under legislation introduced by Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI) and endorsed by the National Treasury Employees Union.  

The Federal Employee Paid Leave Act (S. 1158) would provide up to 12 weeks of paid leave for employees who need to be home because a spouse, parent or child falls seriously ill. The leave could also be used for personal illness or to help a family member who is active-duty military prepare for a deployment.   

“Federal employees are middle-class workers and too often they are forced to sacrifice their paycheck and take unpaid leave because of an extended medical crisis,” said NTEU National President Tony Reardon. “Senator Schatz’ legislation would provide our nation’s civil servants the financial stability to stay home when they are needed the most.”

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NTEU Backs Bipartisan Request to Fully Reopen the MSPB

Washington D.C. – The Merit Systems Protection Board, essentially shuttered by the previous administration, needs to reopen soon and tackle the backlog of pending cases, according to a bipartisan request from key members of Congress that is supported by the National Treasury Employees Union. 

The MSPB, where federal employees can take their concerns about due process violations and prohibited personnel practices, has not had a quorum in more than three years and lost all of its board members two years ago.  

The chairman and ranking member of the House Subcommittee on Government Operations sent a joint letter to President Biden this week, asking him to appoint new board members as soon as possible. 

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NTEU Joins Call for Student Loan Forgiveness

Washington D.C. – Public sector employees, including those at the federal level, who have served for 10 years or more and have outstanding student loans should have those loans forgiven, a coalition of unions today told the Department of Education.

 

In a joint letter to Education Secretary Miguel Cardona, the National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU) and other unions wrote of the failure of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program that rejected 98 percent of the employees who applied. Citing a “combination of arbitrary and narrow regulations, mismanagement by the previous administration, and widespread abuses across the student loan industry,” the unions asked for an immediate 90-day review of the PSLF program.

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Covid-19 update

Plexi glass- This was a long struggle to accomplish anything. We went back and forth with the agency to provide some sort of barrier between our employees and the traveling public. The entire world is preaching social distance but obviously that is impossible due to the nature of our job. We inspect documents, we go “hands on”, we provide medical attention, it is an understatement to say we don’t social distance. Our only other form of protection is to create a barrier between us and the travelers. 

After many discussions with management, OSHA, CDC, and the Board of County Health we were able to get approval for plexiglass to be installed. The idea is to not just have something that is a barrier from being exposed, it’s to have another layer of protection from actual physical attacks from subjects intending harm to our employees. As many of you have seen we were successful and barriers have been installed at our ports providing the protection you deserve. 

FFCRA- An amazing achievement of NTEU was the Implementation of the FFCRA. It grants 80 hours of additional sick leave to employees effected by Covid-19. After reviewing this amendment of various emergency leave laws Chapter 105 took it a step further. Unfortunately this benefit expired on 01/01/2021 but we are continuing to fight to provide this protection throughout the rest of 2021

Hazard pay Grievance- NTEU brought the fight to CBP stating that the privilege of hazard pay should be forwarded to our officers due to our constant exposure. Our duties make it close to impossible to protect ourselves from Covid-19 exposure. Because of this fact our employees are placed in harm’s way daily. This should be enough to justify hazard pay but the agency disagrees. If the agency refuses to do what’s right, then NTEU will take action! On 05/29/2020 NTEU filed a Grievance to secure hazard pay for the employees that are being placed in harm’s way daily. 

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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