Free COVID-19 testing for Del Rio Sector employees and other law enforcement officers

Local 2366 of the National Border Patrol Council recently contacted STAT Specialty Hospital in Del Rio, Texas, and asked if they would be able to provide COVID-19 testing to Del Rio Sector employees and law enforcement officers with other agencies.

Beginning May 20, 2020, employees can call STAT Specialty Hospital at 830-498-3000 to schedule an appointment from 8 am to 5 pm, during which they will be tested for both the active virus and the antibodies, involving a nasal swab and a blood draw.. The combination of the two tests will give employees the most complete picture of whether they are currently infected or if they were previously infected.

Since what we know about COVID-19 is changing daily, everyone should continue to practice social distancing. A positive antibody test does not necessarily mean you cannot be infected again. However, it might indicate your likelihood of being infected again, or perhaps that a future infection might not be as severe as it would be if you do not have the antibodies. No matter the result, everyone should still follow CDC guidelines to protect yourself and your families.

How do I get tested?

To be tested, call STAT Specialty Hospital in Del Rio and tell them you are an employee of the U.S. Border Patrol in Del Rio Sector, and you would like to be tested. Testing will take place from 8 am to 5 pm, but arrangements can be made in advance for appointments outside of those hours.

This test is only for those who do not have symptoms of COVID-19. If you are symptomatic, call your primary care physician.

You will need to bring identification with you showing that you are an employee, along with your insurance card and driver's license.

The test will be billed to your insurance company, but you will not pay a copay or incur any other expense. The test should take approximately 15 minutes, and you will be notified of the results generally within a few days, although that timeline could change.

For those employees who do not live or work near the city of Del Rio, Local 2366 continues to search for resources that might be closer to you and we will provide you with more information as we receive it. We are sincerely appreciative of STAT Specialty Hospital in Del Rio for providing this service to all U.S. Border Patrol employees in the Del Rio Sector.

Virtual town hall for DRT employees

On April 29, 2020, at 2:00 pm, Del Rio Sector leadership and personnel from MROD will be holding a virtual town hall meeting to discuss topics of interest to our employees and their families.

A link will be emailed to everyone's work email accounts, so keep an eye on your work email for details.

There will be a variety of presenters covering topics such as:

  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Health, Dental, and Vision
  • Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Long-Term Care Insurance
  • Retirement Benefits Counseling
  • Thrift Savings Plan (TSP)
  • Child Care
  • Education Services
  • Elder Care
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Health and Wellness
  • Legal and Financial Services
  • Peer Support Program
  • OWCP
  • Billing

Del Rio Sector - We Stand Ready

March 18 membership meeting cancelled

In light of the increasing risk of exposure, our membership meeting scheduled for March 18, 2020, has been cancelled. We will reschedule for a later date.

Notice of meeting

Date: Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: SSGT Willie de Leon Civic Center, 300 E. Main Street Uvalde, TX 78801

Agenda:

  • FLSA lawsuit update
  • New paid parental leave
  • Coronavirus updates
  • Continued OWCP concerns
  • Updates to MPP injunction
  • New BP Processing Coordinator position
  • AFGE District 10 Caucus

Notice of AFGE District 10 Caucus

At this regularly scheduled meeting on the date/time and at the address above, members will be asked to determine if Local 2366 will participate in the District Caucus in May 2020 and, if so, the number of additional delegates, if any, they want to represent Local 2366, if the delegates will carry all votes, and if travel expenses will be authorized.

Local 2366’s six elected Executive Board Officers have already been designated as delegates by virtue of office. Members will be asked to determine if the selected delegates will carry all of Local 2366’s votes, which, if approved, would preclude the need for alternate delegates. However, if members do not approve this proposal and instead authorize additional delegate(s), then nominations for additional and alternate delegates will be accepted, and a mail ballot election will be held to elect additional and alternate delegates as governed by the AFGE Rules of Conduct for an Election, Appendix A, of the AFGE National Constitution. For those who cannot attend the meeting, nominations can be submitted via nominations@nbpc2366.org.

Retirement seminars in March

Local 2366 and Benefit Architects will hold retirement seminars in Del Rio and Eagle Pass for all Del Rio Sector employees and their spouses/significant others. The seminars are designed to benefit employees who are still early in their careers and those who are already eligible to retire.

Four identical classes will be held over two days - choose one that works for your schedule.

March 9, 2020
9am to 1pm / 5pm to 9pm
Local 2366 Union Office
801 Kings Way
Del Rio, Texas 78840

March 10, 2020
9am to 1pm / 5pm to 9pm
Eagle Pass South Station
4156 El Indio Hwy
Eagle Pass, TX 78852

Attendees must attend in an off-duty capacity.

The following topics will be covered, among others:

-Retirement Eligibility
-FERS Pension Calculation
-Survivor Benefits
-Social Security Supplement
-Thrift Savings Plan
-Health Insurance after you retire

In order to attend this seminar, you must reserve your seat because space is limited. Please email Buddy Murk to reserve your seat:

Email: buddymurk AT gmail DOT com

New details about Paid Parental Leave

The union has received many questions from members about when the new Paid Parental Leave goes into effect, so here's what we have learned since the bill was signed into law.

The law states that the new leave shall not apply to any births or adoption placement occurring before October 1, 2020. So that means if you are having a baby this summer, you will not be able to take advantage of the paid leave. If you are planning on expanding your family, you may want to adjust your plans so that the new child joins the family on or after October 1, 2020.

The new leave modifies the existing FMLA statute, which means employees will have to submit the same sort of paperwork they have previously submitted to take advantage of the new entitlement.

Employees must be employed for one year before being able to take advantage of the leave and you must agree to remain employed for no fewer than 12 weeks from the date of the end of the paid parental leave.

OPM has been directed to generate new regulations governing how paid parental leave will function, which will get into the finer details. As more information becomes available, we will send it out.

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