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.

VF is increasing the price on several uniform items

About one month ago, CBP sent an email to all employees notifying them that the VF Solutions website would be opening soon. If you skimmed through that email too quickly, you might have missed the paragraph buried at the bottom which stated:

"The current contract has a five-year fixed price for uniform items. This period will expire on Wednesday, January 15, 2020. Beginning on Thursday, January 16, 2020, employees will see a price increase on some uniform items. The complete list of impacted items can be found HERE. This list includes both current and new prices, effective Thursday, January 16, 2020."

The prices on over 30 items will increase, with the highest increases affecting boots. For example, the 8" Danner Acadia uninsulated boots will increase by $68.45 (27.5% increase), the regular RDU zipper uniform shirt will increase by $8.46 (15.8% increase), RDU pants will increase by $7.62 (11.5% increase), and the green undershirt will increase by $4.45 (20% increase).

If you are planning on purchasing any of these items, make sure you do so by the end of the day on this coming Wednesday, January 15, 2020. The new prices go into effect on January 16, 2020.

Our uniform allowance is set by regulation, and we are not aware of any plans to increase it. However, if OPM opts to increase the maximum uniform allowance, Border Patrol agents will automatically get the increased amount, as required by the CBA.

Update to Del Rio Sector's Physical Fitness Program

Local 2366 and Chief Ortiz recently reached an agreement regarding a pending arbitration over prior-Chief Karisch’s original implementation of the Physical Fitness Program in Del Rio Sector. The union filed a grievance when the program was implemented because Chief Karisch modified the national directive by not allowing employees to work out in off-site facilities and restricting agents to only working out in 60- or 90-minute increments.

The new agreement reached with Chief Ortiz has fixed these issues, as employees will now be permitted to work out in off-site facilities that are within five miles of their respective duty locations and they will be permitted to work out for 30 to 90 minutes at a time (there are certain rules for off-site workouts, so review the SOP when it is released). Of course, employees will still need to get permission to work out and the decision to allow a workout to take place remains "contingent upon operational demands" because ultimately, the mission comes first.

We are told Del Rio Sector will be formally announcing the updated SOP any day now, so keep an eye on your work email for more details. Local 2366 thanks Chief Ortiz and DRT management for being willing to take a second look at the program and take a commonsense approach to work with the union to fix the problem. Since this will be new for everyone, we ask that people try to be flexible -- if you have problems, talk to a union steward -- and encourage employees to take advantage of the program when possible to work toward and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Second retention incentive payment

Earlier this month, the agency indicated that the second quarter retention incentive payment would start being deposited in employee bank accounts on December 28, 2019. They requested that if you have not received your payment by January 21, 2020, contact Del Rio Sector’s Finance office.

Additional info for December meeting

NOTICE OF MEETING – December 12, 2019

DETERMINE THE NUMBER OF UNION DELEGATES TO THE NBPC CONVENTION AND, IF NECESSARY, NOMINATE ADDITIONAL DELEGATES, DETERMINE IF DELEGATES CARRY ALL VOTES, AND DETERMINE COMPENSATION FOR DELEGATE EXPENSES

Local 2366 will hold a regularly scheduled membership meeting at 7:00 pm on December 12, 2019, at the Ramada Inn (Sunflower Room) located at 2101 Veterans Blvd in Del Rio, Texas. During this meeting, members will be asked to determine the number of additional delegates, if any, they want to represent Local 2366. Local 2366’s six elected Executive Board Officers have already been designated as delegates by virtue of office. If members authorize additional delegates...

December membership meeting and Christmas dinner

Union members: You and your guest are invited to Local 2366's Monthly Membership Meeting and Christmas Dinner

Thursday, December 12, 2019, from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Ramada Inn | Sunflower Room
2101 Veterans Boulevard, Del Rio, Texas 78840

Seating will be limited, so RSVP at rsvp@nbpc2366.org by December 5, 2019.

There will be donated and discounted door prizes from Yeti, Benchmade, 5.11, Bushnell, Spurs tickets, along with...

-A custom AR-style rifle donated by Benefit Architects
-Money Wheel by Cabrillo Credit Union
-Gift Cards donated by Morale Boosters

7:00 pm: Regular business meeting
7:30 pm: Dinner and prizes will begin

Deputy Chief Patrol Agent Doyle Amidon will join us to speak to and with our members about issues concerning Del Rio Sector.

Cabrillo Credit Union will offer:

  • Pre-approved car loans
  • Free checking accounts with:
    • Free ATM services
    • Guaranteed paycheck deposits by 3pm PST
    • Payroll Assistance Loans (PAL)

Members signed up for PAL receive a 0% APR line of credit on their regular payday if there is a government shutdown.

Days off in conjunction with annual leave

On Friday, November 15, 2019, the union and the agency signed an MOU granting regular days off in conjunction with annual leave (also known as wraparound days off) for those who use more than 40 hours of leave, including days of holiday off, upon request from the agent.

This means that if you have a 40-hour block of annual leave, you need to request your wraparound days off in BPETS -- otherwise, there's no guarantee that your supervisors will do the same thing they've been doing for decades -- give you wraparound days off.

When the new CBA was signed, Border Patrol Headquarters decided that they were not going to allow wraparound days off anymore, despite there being no prohibition in the CBA nor any intent between the bargaining teams to end the practice of allowing wraparound days off.

Thankfully, the union and agency agreed to reinstate this long-established practice in time for the holidays. Del Rio Sector Headquarters notified its Patrol Agents in Charge on Saturday, November 16, 2019, so all stations should be aware of the fix.

If you are scheduled for a 40-hour period of annual leave (even if one of those days is a holiday off) and you do not get your wraparound days off, get with your supervisor and your local union rep to figure out what happened.

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