Nominations open on July 11 for 2017 executive board election

Nominations for the offices of President, Executive Vice President, Vice President North, Vice President South, Treasurer, and Secretary of Local 2366 will be accepted beginning July 13, 2017 (July meeting being held at 801 Kings Way, Del Rio, Texas) until the close of the meeting on August 10 (check www.nbpc2366.org for the exact location). The term of office will run for two years.

Nominations should be made in person at the meeting on July 13, 2017, or submitted to the Nomination Committee via email at nominations@nbpc2366.org. You may also provide your nomination in writing to any member of the committee which consists of Daniel Heriford (COM), Margie Moran (EGS), Rick Hernandez (COM), and Enrique Ramirez (UVA). All nominations must be received prior to the close of meeting on August 10, 2017.

As provided in the Local 2366 Bylaws, any current dues-paying member, in good standing is eligible to nominate candidates and run for office.

Once a candidate has been nominated, they must accept the nomination in person at the meeting on July 13, 2017, or via email at nominations@nbpc2366.org, candidates must state they accept the nomination. Anyone who is nominated and does not confirm their nomination will not be included on the ballot.

The election will be conducted in between the August and September meetings (with results being announced on September 14, 2017), please look for your ballot in your work mail drawers, at your physical mailing address which you provided to AFGE, or in your personal email address which you have provided to Local 2366 or AFGE (please only submit one ballot). All ballots will be mailed/emailed shortly after nominations have closed. Additional information regarding the election will be provided in a separate notice which will be provided to all Local 2366 members at a later date (via mail).

Nationwide swaps open June 26, 2017

The latest round of nationwide swaps will be open from June 26, 2017, at 8:00 AM CST through July 10, 2017, at 4:00 PM CST.

More information is available here:
http://bpunion.org/member-resources/member-advisories/1874-nationwide-sw...

Update to Backscatter/VACIS health concerns

Yesterday, the Union advised employees of eight confirmed cases of cancer among agents who have been assigned to perform Backscatter/VACIS duties in the El Paso Sector. After seeing NBPC’s advisory, a former Border Patrol employee also assigned to perform Backscatter duties advised us that he is afflicted with another type of cancer, Myxoid Liposarcoma. None of the aforementioned employees were genetically predisposed to their respective diagnoses. The eight confirmed cases we are aware of currently only consist of male employees, four of which reside in El Paso County and 4 of which reside in Dona Ana County. In 2014, El Paso County, Texas, reported a thyroid cancer incidence rate for males at 7.6 persons diagnosed with the disease for every 100,000 people. In 2014, Dona Ana County, New Mexico, reported a thyroid cancer incidence rate for males at 6.0 persons diagnosed with the disease for every 100,000 people.

NBPC urges Border Patrol agents who have been assigned to perform those duties to seek guidance from their personal physician. Employees should provide the physician with this advisory, a summary of his or her job duties, and any non-sensitive information on the VACIS/Backscatter, specifically the radioactive properties they bear. Employees should submit a completed CA-2 if cancer or any other medical condition is found and linked to their employment along with a copy of the medical report or diagnosis. For more information, refer to Department of Labor, Office of Workers’ Compensation, Publication CA-810, Chapter 2-3. Union representatives can assist employees with their Workers’ Compensation claims. If your physician requests further details regarding the equipment used, you can refer to ZBV and AS and E on this link.

We are reviewing data that has been provided by the agency and are requesting more information as additional employees step forward. Once we have received, reviewed, and analyzed all of the information requested, we will provide members with another update.

Agents should share any concerns about operating the Backscatter/VACIS with management, and if ordered to use the equipment, inform them of the concerns involving their health and well-being prior to being ordered to operate the Backscatter/VACIS. If you are still ordered to operate them, please contact a Union Representative immediately. OSHA states that under certain circumstances workers have the right to refuse dangerous work. For employees to be protected under this doctrine certain criteria must be met. For more information visit https://www.osha.gov/right-to-refuse.html.

Health concerns related to Backscatter and VACIS

The Union has learned that there are at least eight confirmed cases of cancer (seven Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma and one Medullary Thyroid Carcinoma) among agents who have primarily been detailed to perform Backscatter/VACIS duties at Border Patrol Checkpoints in the El Paso Sector.

We are reviewing data that has been provided by the agency; however, we urge Border Patrol agents who have been assigned to perform those duties to seek guidance from their personal medical doctor and submit a completed CA-2 if cancer or any other medical condition is found and linked to work. Once we have received, reviewed, and analyzed all of the information requested from the Agency, we will be in a better position to offer instruction on how to proceed further. Agents should share any concerns about operating the Backscatter/VACIS with management, and if ordered to do so, inform them of the concerns involving their health and well-being prior to being ordered to operate the Backscatter/VACIS. If you are still ordered to operate them after explaining this to your supervisor, please contact a Union Representative immediately.

Unfortunately, El Paso Sector and OBP Headquarters management have known about this issue for a significant period of time and they have not addressed it, nor, to our knowledge, have Border Patrol agents nationwide been advised of the issue.

Physical Fitness Program reinstated at EGS

By now you may have heard that the Physical Fitness Program (PFP) has been reinstated at EGS after having been suspended last year. Here’s a brief rundown of what happened:

Local 2366 filed a Step I grievance against EGS management alleging they violated a memorandum of understanding between the agency and the union which expanded the PFP to all Border Patrol sectors nationwide. As part of the grievance, the union proposed some arrangements that would allow EGS employees to participate in the PFP while addressing the agency’s manpower-related concerns. Specifically, we suggested that agents assigned to certain assignments relatively close to the station could be allowed to work out after they have been relieved along with those assigned to in-station assignments and details. EGS management said our claims were without merit and denied the grievance.

The union then filed a Step II grievance with Chief Hudak and we eventually came to an agreement with the agency that would allow EGS employees to work out at the end of their shift provided there is no other work to do and they have been relieved by the oncoming shift.

As the program gets back into gear, we ask that everyone try to be flexible as both bargaining unit employees and managers get used to it again. If there is work to do, employees will not be allowed to work out and management will simply have to explain why a particular workout is canceled. Basically, if a workout will unduly interfere with operations, then it’s not going to happen. Keep in mind there will be weeks during which you get to work out all three hours and there will be busy weeks with zero workouts.

If you have any problems, find out why the workout was canceled – if it doesn’t sound right, get with a steward and it will be addressed.

Remember: the PFP is a very important benefit meant to help all of us stay fit. Make sure you follow the rules and don't give the agency any reason to believe the program is being abused.

PTIP suspension update

Local 2366 met with Del Rio Sector management to discuss the suspension of the PTIP at multiple stations.

The agency's investigation is ongoing so they are not yet able to disclose the audit/investigation results, but the union was notified that PAICs have been provided with the information relevant to their respective stations.

If you feel that you were improperly swept up in the suspension of the program you may approach your station's management to discuss your particular situation. Vanpools which were in compliance with the policy were allowed to continue with the program and the union was told that PAICs will have the specifics for each person and can discuss individual employee concerns.

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

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