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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 Scientific Integrity Task Force

 

Washington D.C. – The National Treasury Employees Union, which represents scientists and researchers in multiple federal agencies, strongly supports the new Scientific Integrity Task Force created by President Biden to shield their work from political and partisan influence. 

The task force, led by the White House Office of Science and Technology, is scheduled to meet for the first time today and develop policies that will rebuild the public’s trust in federal scientific research and analysis. 

“Scientists in the federal government made a conscious choice to work for the American people, which means they are motivated by what is best for the public, not a corporation and not a politician,” said NTEU National President Tony Reardon. “That principle should never be compromised.” 

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NTEU Supports Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

Washington D.C. – The National Treasury Employees Union applauds House passage of bipartisan legislation to help protect federal employees from discrimination during pregnancy.  

The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act strengthens procedures and policies to make sure pregnant employees in the public and private sector receive reasonable accommodations in the workplace without retaliation.  

NTEU National President Tony Reardon sent letters to members of Congress on Wednesday urging them to vote yes on H.R. 1065. The bill passed the House Friday morning 315-101 and now goes to the Senate. 

“Despite existing protections, pregnant workers in the United States still face workplace discrimination and, too often, are denied small accommodations that would enable them to continue doing their job and supporting their families,” Reardon wrote. 

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Federal Worker Safety Bill Advances to House Floor

Washington D.C. – Federal agencies would be required to publish specific safety plans for protecting the health of federal employees as office buildings reopen, according to legislation that now awaits a vote by the full House. 

The Chai Suthammanont Remembrance Act (H.R. 978), which is endorsed by the National Treasury Employees Union, passed the House Committee on Oversight and Reform today. 

“This legislation, sponsored by Rep. Gerald Connolly (D-VA), would provide assurances that agencies are taking all the necessary steps to build a safe working environment as the pandemic begins to subside and more teleworking employees are allowed back into their place of work,” said NTEU National President Tony Reardon. “Together with the guidance of President Biden’s Safer Federal Workforce Task Force, we believe this legislation would give employees the information they need to feel secure upon their return.” 

The legislation is named for an employee in the kitchen at a child care facility on a Marine Corps base in Virginia who died from coronavirus-related complications. 

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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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