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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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Our team of dedicated union representatives are committed to ensuring that rights of all our employees be respected. To organize federal employees to work together to ensure that every federal employee is treated with dignity and respect.

UPDATE October 6th!!!

New Version of Coronavirus Relief Includes Provisions to Help Federal Employees

Washington D.C. – Federal employees who have been teleworking since March would continue to work from home throughout the pandemic and agencies would be encouraged to expand telework to more employees under legislation that passed the House late Thursday.

The telework provisions are part of the condensed version of the HEROES Act, which originally passed the House in May. House Democrats trimmed the bill in the hopes of reaching a compromise with Senate Republicans and the White House on a coronavirus relief package.

Federal Employees Misled by Administration on Payroll Tax Deferral

Washington D.C. – The administration’s explanation of which federal employees would be affected by the payroll tax deferral was incomplete and misleading which caused many workers to learn this week they were unexpectedly subjected to the deferral. 

Only after NTEU inquired about the discrepancy did the administration revise its instructions on how employees can calculate whether their payroll taxes would be temporarily suspended. As a result, more employees will be subject to the deferral than originally anticipated. 

“We already knew the rollout of this program was flawed and the government took too long to give employees basic information, and now we learn that some of that information was, at best, woefully incomplete,” said NTEU National President Tony Reardon. “Our frontline workers deserve better, especially when it comes to something as important as their paycheck.” 

NTEU Wins Decision Against President’s Anti-Union Executive Orders

  Washington D.C. – Several sections of the president’s 2018 executive orders restricting federal employee unions violate labor-management law, according to a neutral arbitrator who agreed with NTEU in a case against the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.  
  
This is believed to be the first time that portions of the executive orders have been found by an arbitrator to be in violation of the law. 
  
“The issue is whether the President can by EO (executive order) undermine Congress’s specific statutory scheme for how collective bargaining should be conducted in the federal sector. This Arbitrator’s answer is that he cannot. To answer otherwise would allow the President to effectively amend acts of Congress,” according to the Monday decision.  

NTEU Objects to Restrictions on Paid Parental Leave

Washington D.C. – With the launch of the new paid parental leave program for federal employees just weeks away, the National Treasury Employees Union is asking the administration to remove unnecessary barriers and restrictions to the new workplace benefit. 

In comments to the Office of Personnel Management, the union outlined how proposed regulations would make it harder for new parents to access the 12-weeks of paid leave that the law provides.  

COVID-19 UPDATE September 18th

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. Quotes from vendors and contractors have been gathered from both NTEU and management as measurements and project plans are being drafted. 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.   

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. We ensured that once all department of Labor claims were approved the hours used in the FFCRA would be restored just as regular leave would be for any OWCP claims. This further allows the use of FFCRA later in the year for other reasons related to Covid-19

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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