A regular meeting of Local 2724 was held in Alexandria Bay, NY on Thursday, August 24. During this meeting an election committee was established. The committee consists of BPAs Kristopher Krahl, Ana Eiser, and Meghan Sullivan. In addition, the board voted to recommend to the committee that nominations be held at the next scheduled Union meeting, which is scheduled for November 16 in Buffalo, and that all election results should be certified by January 12, 2018, which will be the first meeting of the year.
All three executive committee positions will be contested. These are the offices of President, Vice President, and Secretary/Treasurer. To be eligible to run you must be a member of 2724, in good standing, and have been a dues paying Union member for a minimum of one year. More updates will be forthcoming as we get closer to the election.
UNION REP TRAINING
Also at the last meeting, November 16 was confirmed for the 2017 Union Representative Training Seminar. Once again, the training will be held at the Marriot Harborcenter in Buffalo. Additional info for reps to follow.
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/
We have to use this database to mail out ballots for elections and eventually hope to be able to use it to allow voting by email. 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.
2017 National Border Patrol Council national committee election results
Below are the results of the 2017 election for the national committee of the National Border Patrol Council.
Congratulations to everyone!
President: Brandon Judd
Executive Vice President: Paul Perez
Secretary: Rob Russell
Treasurer: Bud Tuffly
Vice President, Northern: Eric Sparkman
Vice President, Southwest: Art Del Cueto
Vice President, Southeast: Albert Trevino
Vice President at Large: Jon Anfinsen
Vice President at Large: Mike Egerton
Vice President at Large: Hector Garza
Vice President at Large: Christopher Kraus