Change of L2724 Executive Board
Former President Michael O’Connor resigned effective December 10, 2017.
Vice President Dean Mandel assumed the presidency per L2724 Bylaws.
President Mandel appointed Philip McGrath as Acting Vice President per L2724 Bylaws.
2018 Elections were discussed. Thanks were given to the Election Committee for their work and asked about possible improvement for next time.
2018 L2724 Executive Board Elections – given by Committee Chair Kristopher Krahl
170 ballots were mailed. Members with no address given, and those whose ballots were returned to sender, were sent to the members’ stations.
77 ballots received.
Counting was done by the Election Committee on January 11, 2018; began at 5:35 PM and completed at 5:58 PM and witnessed by Dean Mandel.
i.Brandon Budlong – 45 votes; ii.Eddie Flores – 30 votes; iii.Non-voting – 2
Vice President Results
i.Philip McGrath – 57 votes; ii.Frank Wence – 20 votes;
i.Eric Klein was unopposed and declared elected by acclamation.
L2724 Bylaw Amendment Results
i.In Favor – 70 votes; ii.Opposed – 4 votes; iii.Non-voting – 3
UNION REP TRAINING
NBPC Business Meeting and Training Conference is scheduled for April 26-29, 2018 in Houston, Texas. The President will be soliciting interest from the local representatives.
OPERATIONAL MOBILITY MOU
NBPC and CBP recently signed an operational mobility memorandum of understanding (MOU) to replace the expired VRP and ROB agreements. Among other things, the agreement calls for 500 paid moves in the next year. For more details on the MOU and the latest news affecting our members, check the local website at: http://www.local2724.org/
WEINGARTEN WARNINGS (ARTICLE 31B)
This is just another reminder that all members should be requesting union representation when they are called into an official meeting with management. This includes supervisors, Internal Affairs (OPM), OIG, or any other investigator. This year we have had a few incidents where Agency officials attempted to ambush employees, or where station supervisors have interfered with our member’s right to representation. Always ask for a Union Rep.
A. The Union shall be given the opportunity to be represented at any formal discussion between one or more representatives of the Service and one or more employees in the unit or their representatives concerning any grievance or any personnel policy or practices or other general conditions of employment.
B. The Service will provide the Union (or another person of the employee’s choice not involved in the investigation) the opportunity to be represented at any examination of an employee in the unit by a representative of the Service if:
a. the employee reasonably believes that the examination may result in disciplinary action against the employee; and
b. the employee requests representation.
Congress has been out of session for most of August and does not return until September 5. So there's not a lot to report about activities on Capitol Hill in August. But September and October are going to be extremely busy and important months for AFGE. First, the government runs out of money on October 1 and we will be faced with a government shutdown unless Congress passes a CR or omnibus appropriation bill before then. House and Senate appropriators have been working hard throughout August on a bipartisan basis on producing a spending bill and there was some optimism that a government shutdown would be avoided. However, President Trump announced this week that he will veto a bill to keep the government open unless it contains money for his border wall with Mexico. Democrats and some Republicans oppose money for the wall and if one side does not back down, a shutdown is a very real danger. AFGE is engaged in an intensive lobbying effort to pass a spending bill and keep the government open.
The government hits the debt ceiling limit at the end of September or early October and unless Congress and the President agree to raise it before then, we will be facing an unprecedented default by our government on its debts. This has never happened before and could have a catastrophic impact on our economy and world markets because it would undercut the full faith and credit of the U.S. government. This could also mean that federal workers won't get their pay checks in time.
House and Senate Republicans will be working hard to pass a budget resolution with large federal employee retirement cuts. The Senate Budget Committee has announced they will mark up a budget resolution in September and House Republican leaders will be making a big push to pass a budget resolution on the House floor. AFGE lobbyists and members have been working extremely hard to push Congress to reject any budget with cuts to federal workers and will continue the effort for as long as it takes.
UPDATE CONTACT INFO
I just want to remind everyone to make sure your mailing address and email address are updated and correct on the AFGE website at: https://www.afge.org/
You should be able to log into the site and update your contact info. If you are having any problems signing in, or need your member number, you can contact me or one of your station reps.
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