BPAPRA Passes House, On its Way to President!

 

WASHINGTON – The American Federation of Government Employees, which represents more than 16,500 Border Patrol agents and support staff, applauded the House today for passing legislation to reform the Border Patrol pay system. This milestone came after years of concerted effort by the union and bipartisan supporters in both chambers of Congress.

“The current pay system simply is not in alignment with the demands our border security places on our agents, and the mission has suffered as a result,” said AFGE National President J. David Cox Sr. “This reform is absolutely crucial for bringing stability and predictability to Border Patrol pay and will make a huge, positive contribution to our agents’ ability to provide the most effective border security.”

“We are proud of the tremendous effort our members exerted to get this legislation through the Senate and House in a time when there is little consensus on much else,” AFGE National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd said. “Agents put their safety on the line to keep our country safe, and this reform ensures the black cloud of AUO will finally be lifted and replaced with a stable and predictable pay system.”

AFGE President Cox also praised the bipartisan law as an example of what can be achieved when legislators cooperate:

“Democrats and Republicans worked side-by-side to give our Border Patrol agents the fair and equitable pay they deserve,” Cox said. “AFGE would not allow this issue to fall victim to the partisan gridlock that has stifled so many critical government programs in recent years. Thanks to all who dedicated their time and effort to delivering this key victory for our agents and national security, including Sens. Jon Tester of Montana, John McCain of Arizona, and Tom Carper of Delaware; and Representatives Jason Chaffetz of Utah, Darrell Issa of California, Eleanor Holmes Norton of the District of Columbia, Beto O’Rourke of Texas, and Yvette Clark of New York.”

Comments

  1. Rod Severance

    Awesome how the person above was brave enough to put their name on that comment… Coward. It’s easy to armchair quarterback fixing our pay system. Why didn’t you pull a miracle out of your ass NBPC? WHY?!?! Oh that’s right, realty is a #*%@% sometimes. We have a system now that guarantees us a good salary with pay reform. Gee whiz, if you can find something better, GO DO IT. Thank you NBPC for doing EVERYTHING WITHIN YOUR MEANS to get a bill through congress, save our ungrateful ignorant asses and give us some financial stability.

  2. Rod Severance

    Congratulations, you win the internet. Way to pick out one line in all of that and counter it with a witty comeback. That’s the deal we got and it was the best we were going to do, because this agency doesn’t have very many friends.. If you’re so unhappy and 100 grand a year isn’t enough for what you do, then look elsewhere.

  3. Brandon

    Rod: Are you responding to my post because I’m not sure what winning the internet has to do with it. It wasn’t meant to be witty either. It’s been interesting viewing on the Delphi board everyone’s personal attacks. It’s also been fairly revealing seeing the overall responses from agents hired during the Northern Border Intern era, i.e. 2009 to 2011. This pay reform leaves a whole lot open for the agency to “interpret” at the end of their yearly findings. The Union appears to believe the agency will act in agents best interests, which they have historically never done. If the Agency does act in our interest, then I’d vote we don’t need a union since we all ready have an advocate. I’ve had the opportunity to witness our agency acting (not) in our agents best interests. Why do you infer that someone not happy with their soon to be modified pay needs to look elsewhere? When exactly were you hired? Maybe someone willing to take a voluntary $10k plus cut in pay should be looking elsewhere. I don’t think we need that type of agent amongst us. Advocating in our best interest doesn’t equate to being unhappy or looking elsewhere. I was hired in 2001, and was MANDATED to work 25% AUO. There wasn’t any of this “leave on time” option. For ANY individual at HQ level and above who has ever been under the AUO system, it is absurd and hypocritical to argue it’s abuse. It was institutionalized as part of an agent’s benefits. It was one of the deals that balanced out our reduced benefits in night differential, overtime pay rate, etc. when compared to our fellow Customs officers. It’s revealing that during all this “pay reform” discussion, not once did I see any argument to bring our night diff, sunday pay, double sunday pay, 31 act overtime, into compliance with Customs officers pay benefits. One face at the border, right?

  4. Brandon

    As far as simply complaining about the union, or being a an unconstructive a**hole and simply throwing invectives around, here’s my prior reply to the current local president’s request for anyone not in support of the current pay reform response: 6. Here’s what comes to mind with the latest pay reform and why I don’t give you permission to lump me into the category that all agents support the current union backed pay reform. I think you presume when you presume it is a vocal few.
    1: The union espouses every chance they get how our agency can, will, and historically has, given us the big chorizo. I’ve tried to keep up with the latest revisions and congressional trends and tweaks concerning “our” bill. An argument I’ve heard the union throw about is how pay reform will remove the uncertainty of AUO being dangled like a carrot only to be taken away, but in the current form, terminology has been inserted allowing the agency to conduct an independent pay reform review and adjust station hours up or down according to an operational need. In regard to the aforementioned big chorizo, this is not pay stability in my book when the agency looking to save money, can state my station has no operational need to be above an 8 hour shift.
    2: Pay reform creating a possible straight time 9 or 10-hour work day while aborting all the FLSA enacted protections since 1920-something appears to be a step backward. See reason #1 above about the big chorizo.
    3: Pay reform that mandates a 5 day work week. Shame on you Union for allowing the agency to specify a 5 day work week. This could have been a saving grace of pay reform by allowing us to work 4 10-hour shifts, etc. Why the union isn’t screaming to have this changed baffles me.
    4: Pay reform with a 9 or 10 hour work day reviewed on an annual basis is a long period to wait out if you want to change your work day length. AUO left it up to the agent on when and where to work these hours. Your percentage changed every two months based on a rolling 12 week average. Why isn’t the union pushing for the ability to designate 8, 9, or 10 hour days on a quarterly basis. I’d like to work 8 hour days in the summer when I can get and 10 hour days in the dark winter months.
    5: Pay Reform that allows me to incur a leave debt to the agency if I decide on the 10-hour work day and have to leave early on a shift is not in my best interest, especially if I’ve been mandated to this 10-hour day by the agency percentages limitation.
    6: Pay Reform that purposefully leaves me with a significantly lower wage seems intrinsically wrong.
    I’ve heard that AUO was a dead duck and no longer a viable option and that this pay reform is the best thing we have going. I have heard that every activity conducted on AUO was appropriate, except the way that AUO was written made these activities technically wrong. Instead of coming up with the current pay reform abortion, why didn’t we lobby for congress to simply amend AUO to include our Border Patrol activities, or simply change the name AUO to Border Patrol Pay. It seems to be a similar case to why ICE changed it’s name to HSI. It’s not out of the immigration game, but being called Homeland Security Investigations sure takes ignorant political heat off it. The current witch hunters against AUO appear to take issue to the term “Overtime” in the AUO name.
    Additionally, from the several congressional hearings that I’ve seen, it is painfully apparent that many congressional leaders sitting on these hearings still have NO idea what I do as a Border Patrol Agent.

  5. Rod Severance

    You’ve got a lot of great ideas, other than complaining, why aren’t you putting yourself and your 13 years of experience to use and be in a leadership role.. in the only mechanism we have to create change, the union? If you can do it better, do it. I’m exhausted from people complaining but not willing to get a little skin in the game. No one is OK with a pay cut, again it’s the deal our extremely popular agency got and I have to believe our boys did everything they could.

  6. Brandon

    Other than apathy, I’ve got no excuse for stepping up. I am waiting for a supe slot to open up around here, where I think I can effect change at our local management-labor level better. I can count on one finger the ONE leader we currently have here in Bellingham management. They frustrated one into an Arizona transfer and medically retired the only other leader we had. Every other management type we have are risk-aversion managers and not leaders. Probably nothing worth screaming at each other, and besides, I enjoy the additional transparency this website lends to our Union. I wish it were a bit more functional and maybe listed all the sector grievances and their progress, sorta like the local 1613 website did. but the pay reform is what it is. I think the union’s original proposal meant well and was in our interest. I think Senators Testor and MCcain’s complete pay reform bill substitution bent us over. I think the union then settled for, or had too much invested in, the replacement bill. I think I’ve articulated my opposition to the currently passed bill. Hopefully time will reveal that my concerns were all for naught. Until that time, I think many agents can agree to disagree. I do not agree that the union represented my interests in pay reform as far as a northern border station goes. I think they represented the best interests in a southern border agent. My recent union voting card reflects this. I hope new blood shakes things up around here. Again, time will reveal that. and who knows, I’m all ready riled up. I’ve filed my first grievance against management in my career this year, and got involved recently in my town’s city hall and their approval of a land developer in my subdivision. Maybe I’ll throw my hat in for Union President next go round….

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