Membership meeting

Local 2366 Membership meeting
Wednesday, August 25, 2021, at 7 pm
SSGT Willie de Leon Civic Center in Uvalde, Texas

Meeting topics
-Op Mobility updates
-Election nominations
-COVID-19 and OWCP
-PFP issues/grievances

If you cannot attend the meeting, we will continue to publish the latest news on the website.

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 2023.

The secret ballot election will be held prior to the September 2021 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 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.

PFP grievance resolved in EGS

Earlier this month, Local 2366 filed a grievance against a watch commander in Eagle Pass South Station (EGS) regarding improper blanket denials of participation in the physical fitness program (PFP).

The agency has responded, and although this is indeed what agents were told, the station confirmed that they misspoke and there was never supposed to be a blanket denial. In its response, the agency “agree[d] that supervisory staff will not go out of their way to assign or create work in order to justify a denial for participation in PFP.”

They also agreed to follow the PFP IOP and will “make determinations based on operational needs.” This is exactly what the policy requires, as we all understand there will be days when things are just too hectic to allow participation in the PFP. However, not participating in the program should be the exception, rather than the rule, as supervisors are supposed to maximize participation.

In the future, if there are problems getting permission to work out (including if you are from a different station but sent to EGS to process), contact a union rep and provide as many details as possible — time, date, names, and the circumstances — so we can address it with management or file a grievance.

NBPC files lawsuit over hazardous duty pay

We are pleased to announce that we have retained the law firm of McGillivary Steele Elkin LLP to handle a new lawsuit to recover hazardous duty pay (HDP) for potential exposure to COVID-19 as a result of working near or in close proximity to those who have the virus. Due to the nature of our work, this includes individuals with whom we may come in contact in the field, as well as our coworkers.

If you are covered by the National Border Patrol Council, but you are not a Border Patrol agent, click here for information about a separate case for you.

As with the FLSA lawsuits, the case is being handled on a contingent fee basis of 25%. The union is paying for the out-of-pocket costs and the case is limited to union members. To sign up for this new HDP case, members can digitally sign the consent to sue form via DocuSign by clicking here. When you click on the link, you will be asked to enter your full name and email address to begin the sign-up process.

If you have any questions, contact the lawyers at info@mselaborlaw.com. Once you have signed up, the lawyers will send you a letter confirming your participation. If you do not receive a confirmation letter, you must follow up with the law firm to confirm they received your information.

If you are reading this and you are not a union member, you must be a member of the union before you can join the lawsuit. You can sign up to be a member of the union here if you work in Del Rio Sector. If you work in a different sector and want to join the union, contact a union rep in your sector.

PFP grievance resolved in Del Rio Station

Last week, the union filed a grievance when a supervisor improperly refused to let agents participate in the Physical Fitness Program (PFP). This week, station management agreed that the supervisor will indeed allow agents to work out and will follow the PFP directive and internal operating procedure, including participation when operationally feasible.

The union recognizes that although the increased workload can make it tricky to balance processing with employee fitness and well-being, it is certainly possible. We appreciate Del Rio Stations management’s commitment to employee health and doing its part to educate supervisory staff on the importance of the PFP.

There is also a PFP-related grievance still pending out of Eagle Pass South Station, and we will update accordingly.