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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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NTEU Supports Paid Family Leave Program in Build Back Better Legislation

 

Washington D.C. – The Build Back Better’s paid family leave plan is a life-changing benefit for American workers – including federal employees -- that would give them the ability to handle a temporary medical crisis without forfeiting income.

“When a loved one is critically ill, the last thing workers need is to be forced to choose between their family and their paycheck,” said NTEU National President Tony Reardon. “Working class families deserve the right to navigate a serious medical situation or the arrival of a new child without running up debts while on unpaid leave, which is why the National Treasury Employees Union strongly supports this provision.”

The paid family leave program now under consideration by Congress would provide most workers in the public and private sector a portion of their wages for up to four weeks to welcome a new child, recover from a serious illness or care for a seriously ill family member. For federal employees who already have access to 12 weeks of paid parental leave, the new program would provide four weeks of partially paid leave for medical reasons currently outlined by the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993.

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Congress Approves Legislation to Protect Federal Officers Working in Foreign Countries

Washington D.C. – The U.S. government could more easily prosecute those who commit crimes against federal employees stationed in other countries under legislation that passed Congress today and is endorsed by the National Treasury Employees Union. 

 

The Jaime Zapata and Victor Avila Federal Officers and Employees Protection Act was approved with unanimous, bipartisan support and awaits President Biden’s signature. 

 

“This new law will be welcomed by federal law enforcement who work outside the United States, including Customs and Border Protection employees stationed at 16 preclearance facilities around the world,” said NTEU National President Tony Reardon. “It is essential that the federal government do everything in its power to protect the people who protect us all, whether at home or abroad.” 

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Health Insurance Costs for Federal Employees to Increase in 2022

Washington D.C. – Federal employees and retirees on average will pay 3.8 percent more for health insurance in 2022, a lower price increase than last year but still a noticeable cut to take-home pay for federal employees around the country. 

Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHB) enrollees who purchase health insurance for themselves and their families will pay $10.09 more per bi-weekly pay period on average next year, according to data released Wednesday by the Office of Personnel Management. 

OPM said that nearly 94 percent of FEHB enrollees will see an increase in premiums of 5 percent or less, a major improvement over 2021 rates when more than half of enrollees saw premiums jump 5 percent or higher.  

“Clearly the administration did a better job holding down the employees’ share of premium costs in the FEHB program for 2022, and we commend that progress,” said NTEU National President Tony Reardon. “But we will encourage our members to prepare for price increases and use the upcoming open enrollment season to evaluate all of their options to decide which plan is best for themselves and their families."

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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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