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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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CNN-CBP front-line officers frustrated over continued travel and lack of agency guidance

CNN-Weeks after coronavirus restrictions took effect on US borders, Customs and Border Protection officers say that although travel has greatly decreased, exposure from continued border crossings poses a threat to their workforce and the public. 

The steady pace of travel is frustrating those charged with vetting people crossing on a daily basis and fueling tension between officers and the agency that employs them. CBP officers are on the front lines, regularly interacting with the public and tasked with protecting US borders and managing legal trade and travel.

ROLL CALL-CBP officers demand more protective gear amid COVID fears Union leaders for busy San Diego sector officers also want return of a paid-leave policy

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers are seeking more personal protective equipment during the coronavirus pandemic, expressing concerns that their work leaves them unnecessarily vulnerable, according to the president of the union chapter representing agents at the country’s busiest ports of entry.

“We are here exposed to a silent and invisible attack, and we're taking these situations home with our families,” said CBP officer Jorge Llanos, president of the National Treasury Employees Union Chapter 105, which represents nearly 4,000 CBP employees in the San Diego sector.

BREITBART-CBP Policy Changes at Border Crossings Endanger Officers, Public During Coronavirus Pandemic, Says Union

Leaders of the National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU) who represent CBP officers and employees in the San Diego, El Paso, and Rio Grande Valley Sectors spoke with Breitbart Texas about their concerns relating to protecting their members and the traveling public from the Coronavirus pandemic. Most specifically, the union leaders say CBP canceled the Weather and Safety Leave program for employees along the northern and southern U.S. borders.

Law Enforcment today-Border Patrol Agents are fighting to keep America safe. So why does it seem like nobody is helping protect them?

CALIFORNIA– A few days ago, Law Enforcement Today told you about what is going on with US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in Arizona.

Now, we have information for you regarding what’s happening at the southern border in California, particularly San Diego and Los Angeles.

I spoke with the National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU) Chapter 105 President Jorge Llanos, and Chapter 105 Treasurer Alfonso Ortiz. Chapter 105 represents over 4,000 public safety workers in San Diego County, including CBP employees.

The San Diego Union Tribune- Customs and Border Protection union calls for more protection against COVID-19

Union leaders say DHS, CBP officials canceled a paid-leave program designed to keep officers healthy & give them a break amid lull in cross-border traffic

 

By ALEX RIGGINS

APRIL 8, 2020

5:03 PM

SAN DIEGO —  

The president of the local union chapter that represents U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers says the agency has “disregarded the safety of (its) employees” during the COVID-19 pandemic and as a result, “has undermined the safety of the American people.”

In an email and phone interview Tuesday, Jorge Llanos, a CBP officer and president of the National Treasury Employees Union Chapter 105, which represents roughly 4,000 CBP employees in the San Diego area, said the actions of agency officials during the pandemic “have shown us that we are not important to them.”

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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