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.

Were you out of town when the 5% retention incentive form was due?

The union has been working with the agency to address those employees who were on leave or otherwise unable to sign the 5% retention incentive during the week it was due this past summer. CBP HRM said that if you didn't sign that week, you cannot participate - no exceptions.

However, OBP Headquarters has now asked us to try to track down anyone who this applies to so we can forward their names to DC. We do not yet know how it will be addressed, only that the agency is looking for a solution.

If you were not qualified to participate, you still cannot sign up.

But if you were qualified and just couldn't fill out the form on time, send your name, station, and the reason you couldn't sign the form to union@nbpc2366.org.

Outside employment and volunteer activities

The union has learned that some supervisors and managers in the agency are insisting that employees need to request permission before participating in all volunteer activities under the new CBA – that is false. The CBA did not change anything regarding this topic, because this is a change required by federal regulations.

The 1995 CBA has the following statement: “Volunteer activity is not considered outside employment for the purposes of [Article 10].” This statement was removed in the new CBA because federal regulations changed, requiring that federal employees request permission before engaging in some volunteer activities.

5 CFR 4601.101 (d)(2)(ii) states, “Outside employment does not include participation in the activities of a nonprofit charitable, religious, professional, social, fraternal, educational, recreational, public service, or civic organization, unless the participation involves:

  • Acting in a fiduciary capacity,
  • Providing professional services for compensation,
  • Rendering advice for compensation other than the reimbursement of expenses, or
  • An activity relating to the employee's official duties as defined in 5 CFR 2635.807(a)(2)(i)(A) through (E), to include activities relating to any ongoing or announced policy, program, or operation of the employee's agency as it is defined at 5 CFR 4601.102.

So this means that for activities like Little League, volunteering at a church, and others, no permission is required as long as the participation does not involve something in the four bullets above.

If employees are not sure if they fall into one of the above four areas requiring permission, they are encouraged to check with OCC.

Op Mobility lump-sum amounts increased

Effective with Op Mobility announcements opened on or after October 1, 2019, the GSA has increased the lump-sum amounts. Because our MOU with the agency includes automatic matching to the maximum GSA amount, employees transferring under the Op Mobility Program will now receive the following lump-sum amounts:

  • $13,600 for one-person households who do not own a home.
  • $25,625 for multiple person households who do not own a home.
  • $36,175 for one-person households who own a home.
  • $48,175 for multiple person households who own a home.

Q&A regarding new CBA

Due to some misinformation intentionally being sent to Border Patrol employees about the updated collective bargaining agreement (CBA), the union has created a list of questions and answers to address the misconceptions. As new questions pop up, we’ll update them below.

  1. Will Del Rio Sector now have a detail management team (DMT)?

    Although it is not called a DMT, there are procedures in the CBA that will govern how details and collateral duties are assigned. The two assignments will fall into two categories: it is an assignment that any employee can do, or the assignment requires certain skills/abilities. If the assignment is something that any agent can do – including assignments for which...

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Notice of meeting

The August 2019 membership meeting will take place at the SSGT Willie de Leon Civic Center in Uvalde, Texas, on August 28, 2019, at 7:00 pm.

During this meeting, nominations will be held for the offices of Local President, Executive Vice President, Vice President North, Vice President South, Treasurer, and Secretary. Nominations will be accepted from the floor or via email sent to nominations@nbpc2366.org – all nominations must be received by the close of the nominations portion of the meeting. A second for a nomination is not required.

Qualifications for office are: 1) be a member in good standing of this local; 2) be a member for one year of an AFGE local, immediately preceding the closing of the nomination process; and 3) not be a member in any labor organization not affiliated with the AFL-CIO. Candidates shall not run for more than one office in the same local election. Any member who is current on their dues payments and/or any member who has signed a dues withholding form (SF 1187) accepted by a responsible officer of the local, is in good standing and eligible to nominate candidates.

Candidates must accept his or her nomination at the nomination meeting or, if not in attendance, submit a written acceptance to the election committee, to be received by close of nominations. A lone letter of acceptance is a self-nomination. The member making the nomination has the responsibility of informing the nominee of his or her nomination. Placement on the ballot will be determined immediately following the nominations.

The term of office will run for two years, ending with the installation of officers following the regularly scheduled elections in September 2021.

The secret ballot election will be held prior to the September 2019 meeting via mailed ballots sent to the last known mailing address for all members of Local 2366. If your address has changed, please notify Local 2366 immediately or change it via www.AFGE.org.

Additional information regarding the election shall be provided in a separate written notice, sent to the last known mailing address for all members of Local 2366.

Each candidate may have a reasonable number of observers, who are members, present throughout the election process, including the tally of ballots.

Scholarship from Local 2366

Each spring and fall semester, Local 2366 gives out one $1,000 scholarship to a dues-paying member, member's spouse, or child of the member for use at an accredited college, university, or vocational/trade school.

Applications for Fall Semester are due June 1, but the current application period has been extended until July 31, 2019.

Applications for Spring Semester are due November 1.

Instructions are available here PDF
Application is available here PDF

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