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As most should know by know, if an agreement is not reached by Congress and the White House before the end of the Fiscal Year (today, September 30), federal law requires the government to shutdown. This means all employees who are classified as non-exempt will be furloughed and all employees who are classified as exempt are required to report to work on Tuesday, October 1st.

The Office of Border Patrol has determined that the following employees are exempt and must report to work:

  • All Border Patrol Agents
  • All Law Enforcement Communication Assistants (LECA)
  • All Automotive Mechanics

If your occupation is not listed above and you have not received an official notice from the Agency, contact your supervisor.

According to the Border Patrol, in the event of a government shutdown, all previously approved leave from October 1, 2013, and later will be cancelled. Additionally, paid leave cannot be authorized during a government closure.

During the shutdown, employees who report to work will not be paid until Congress passes and the President signs a new appropriations or Continuing Resolution. Employees who are furloughed may be paid only if Congress authorizes payment for the furlough period.

All employees should monitor the news and Office of Personnel Management website.

September 17, 2013

For the past few months the National Border Patrol Council has been involved in a comprehensive effort to improve border security, obtain essential resources and enact pay reform through the Border Patrol Pay Reform Act.

As you can imagine, this process has been time-consuming and frustrating: a real test of our patience. Before the Congressional recess, circumstances changed by the day, if not the hour! Because of that uncertainty, there was no easy way to provide you with accurate and concise updates. We can tell you that pay reform legislation continues to move forward and we've had a number of productive meetings on Capitol Hill with Senators, Representatives, and their teams.

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.

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If you are a border patrol agent who is a member of the NBPC union, click here for info to sign up for the overtime lawsuit.

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