Union Statement on AUO Decertification

On January 22, 23, and 24th (2015), Chief Fisher appeared at several musters in the Tucson Sector and informed agents of the imminent de-authorization of AUO.  The timing of his announcement caught everyone off guard; however, the announcement about the de-authorization itself should not have caught anyone off guard.  Due to the ongoing legal issues of AUO, the agency has been slowly decertifying Border Patrol Agents in phases.  The first phase was management at HQ and all academy personnel; the second phase was upper managers at the sector level; the third phase was second line supervisors and above at both the station and sector levels as well as certain details at both the stations and sectors, and the last phase, which apparently will happen soon is the rest of the Border Patrol.  The culmination of which, is the total de-authorization of OBP.
The agency is waiting for legal guidance from OPM on how to proceed with the de-authorization, but upon receipt of that guidance, the NBPC should be properly notified, followed by each individual agent.  The de-authorization cannot take place until at least 30 days after you receive your notice.  There is no exact time line on when OPM will provide it’s guidance, but as Chief Fisher put out in the musters, we know it will happen soon, and at that time, he will move forward with CBP’s plan to de-authorize all agents.

In order to get out in front of this issue, the NBPC has been in contact with the agency in an effort to obtain working conditions that will benefit all agents.  There are several initiatives being worked on at this time  Although we cannot get into the specifics at this time, we can tell you that your pay checks, due to negotiations, should not suffer and in some cases will actually increase.  We can also tell you that we are confident that we will be going away from clean shifts and that an alternative work schedule will be provided.  Specific details will be given when the issue is finalized.

If you have any questions, please get with your Local Union Executive Board Officers and if they do not have an answer readily available, they will get you one.

Comments

  1. Juan Reyes

    This is probably one of those things that they don’t HAVE to wait the 30 days to take place, as far as I’m concerned. Are the Notices going to be issued in February or are they still sorting out details?

  2. Mike Cox

    They do have to give us 30 days before enacting this change. We don’t know an exact date when you will receive the notice but it will come by email like it did during the furlough.

  3. Juan Reyes

    I was at Sector today and there seems to be some confusion between what we spoke about at the Union meeting on the 18th and what they think they know. Management is under the impression that after we get decertified from AUO and move to FEPA/45 Act, we won’t be getting FLSA, even though we’re still FLSA employees. They know that the law would have to be changed for us to NOT be FLSA certified, but they were saying that we might not get paid FLSA up front, but rather get back pay for it, if and when they decide to change the law to decertify agents from FLSA. In my opinion, we would be on pay reform long before then!

    So, was the memo from the Chief our official notice that we would be decertified by March 5th?

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