For the past two decades, the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC) has successfully derailed attempts to eliminate Administratively Uncontrollable Overtime (AUO). However, in recent years, the frequency and magnitude of the attacks on AUO have dramatically increased, causing the NBPC to reconsider the issue and review the alternatives. As a result, nearly two years ago, the NBPC developed Border Patrol Pay Reform.
On Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 5:05 PM EST, Thomas Winkowski sent an ill-advised message to all CBP employees. His message contained Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) continued speculation of mere possibilities and failed to shed new light on our current pay issues.
The following will provide the most up to date information we have. It will also explain how we got here, what we've done, and what we're doing.
The Budget Control Act of 2011 and the failure of the U.S. Congress to reach a bipartisan agreement to stem the effects of the Act is what triggered what is known as sequestration. Sequestration is a Congressional mandate, memorialized in law, to cut government spending thereby reducing the federal deficit.
The National Border Patrol Council would like to thank the following Congressional representatives from Texas for the letter they signed in support of Border Patrol agents and our efforts to secure the borders.
Henry Cuellar (28th District of Texas)
Beto O'Rourke (16th District of Texas)
Ruben Hinojosa (15th District of Texas)
Filemon Vela (34th District of Texas)
The National Border Patrol Council (NBPC) has been and continues to be actively engaged in pursuing the interests of Border Patrol agents nationwide in regards to pay issues, border security issues, station closures, Border Patrol operations and other issues affecting morale.
With regards to pay reform, the NBPC has taken the following actions: