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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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Year-End Funding Agreement Provides Stability for Federal Employees

Washington D.C. – Federal employees will get a modest pay increase, avoid a government shutdown and have more time to pay back deferred taxes under year-end spending and pandemic relief legislation approved by Congress Monday night.  

Many agency funding levels will be slightly higher for the remainder of the 2021 fiscal year, which helps maintain staffing and resources for such vital work as promoting public health, distributing economic relief payments to families and business in need and providing for the nation’s security.  

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Possible Shutdown Leads List of December Threats to Federal Employees

Washington D.C. – A pre-holiday government shutdown, which is possible starting Friday night, would be financially catastrophic for federal employees and their families and especially disruptive as our nation confronts ongoing public health and economic crises. 

Funding for government agencies expires at midnight Dec. 18, giving Congress and the administration a few short days to reach an agreement that allows federal employees to stay on the job and taxpayer services to continue uninterrupted. 

“Just as federal employees are working around the clock to battle the pandemic, strengthen the economic safety net for vulnerable Americans and secure the country, there is yet another chance that their year-end paychecks will not arrive,” said NTEU National President Tony Reardon. “A government shutdown at such a perilous time would be disastrous for federal employees and taxpayers alike, and we strongly urge our elected leaders to do what is necessary to keep government open.” 

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NTEU Joins Powerful Coalition Urging Congress to Block Schedule F

Washington D.C. – The outgoing administration’s effort to undermine the merit-based civil service and endanger frontline federal employees can be stopped if Congress denies funding for it, according to a broad coalition of unions, manager associations and good government advocates, including the National Treasury Employees Union. 

“As you look to pass a bill providing the executive branch with hundreds of billions of dollars in budget authority, we urge you to protect a key check on corruption and abuse of executive power – public servants who hold allegiance to the rule of law and the Constitution, not a political party,” the coalition’s letter to Congress states. 

President Trump’s executive order creating a new exception to competitive civil service rules would allow any number of frontline federal workers to be fired at will, with no cause and no due process. NTEU has filed a lawsuit challenging the order creating the so-called Schedule F, and has also joined the call for Congress to deny funding for its implementation. 

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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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