Only months ago, the Border Patrol faced one of the most devastating pay crisis in its history. After years of pressure from outside forces, it became clear that the battle to save AUO had been lost. The financial impact to agents’ and their families would have been so severe it was almost unthinkable.
It quickly became apparent that the Pay Reform Act was our only hope. Realizing this, Union President Brandon Judd visited Sectors nationwide expressing support for the Act and answered questions from concerned agents. After a careful review of the facts it was widely considered to be the best option, and with good reason.
Here are a few more facts to think about if you find yourself wondering if it was the right thing for us:
1. Your base pay is now 125% of your grade and step if YOU choose it. It is codified in law and cannot be dangled over your head.
2. Budget cuts and sequestration are right around the corner. Again, your BP Pay CANNOT be touched.
3. LEAP, just like AUO, is gone with a swipe of a pen. This is the only place left to cut salary (as we learned with AUO) for agencies on LEAP.
4. Preserves your pay while on leave (like excludable AUO). Ask the agents on FEPA how beneficial this is.
It is not lost on ANYONE that we took a significant pay cut. The Pay Reform Act will at last stabilize our pay system, allowing agents to earn nearly what they did prior to the erosion of AUO. However, what we have gained is even more than this. Free from constant worry, agents can now confidently make financial decisions and plan for their futures. I for one am thankful that the AUO debacle is over. Why would we want to start all that over again with LEAP or anything else?
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