On September 22, 2011, the NBPC completed a demand to bargain/request for information and submitted it to CBP LER. The NBPC recommends all affected employees read the demand to bargain to understand what the current situation and what was proposed.
On September 29, 2011, the NBPC received a response from LER. According to the response, CBP will suspend the October 23, 2011 date for the reclassification pending completion of negotiations. All employees should receive notice of this change shortly.
Finally, since this notification occurred, there have been a few rumors regarding this matter, two of which are addressed below:
RUMOR: The NBPC has done nothing to stop this reclassification.
FACT: The NBPC filed a motion for reconsideration with OPM when the initial OPM decision was announced; however, OPM denied the motion. This was the only appeal option the NBPC had with regards to an OPM classification decision.
RUMOR: The NBPC is trying to cancel the CPPP
FACT: By law, CBP is required to have a priority placement program in place so the NBPC cannot cancel the CPPP. The CPPP is a Legacy Customs Program and was never negotiated with the NBPC. As such, the NBPC intends to negotiate a program for use by employees of the U.S. Border Patrol.
Thanks to Terry Shigg, Local 1613 Sergeant At Arms, for taking the time to write the following article.
NOTE: The links at the bottom of the page have been updated to add some additional related sites.The #1 cop killer in the United States is police suicide. A sobering statistic in law enforcement is the fact that an officer is more likely to be a victim of suicide than a homicide. The suicide rate of law enforcement officers is also higher than the general population. The suicide rate is 11.1 per 100,000 for the general population and 18 per 100,000 for law enforcement. Suicide is devastating to families, friends and co-workers.What do you think when you hear a story about one of your own who risks his/her life everyday for this country taking their life? It saddens me and it maddens me! It is something you have a hard time understanding when you hear about it happening; especially, when it happens to one of your own. As an agent and as a mental health professional, it makes me want to do more. I hope this information is useful. If only one suicide is prevented that is a victory.
In a letter to Stuart Harris, Vice President of Local 1929 of the National Border Patrol Council, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) concluded the Border Patrol was in violation of OSHA standards and other program elements.
Based on an inspection conducted on August 24, 2010, OSHA found:
Border Patrol Agents were working in the Sky Watch Tactical Platforms which have non-functioning controls within the cabin. Controls found to be non functioning included, but not limited to: the Up/Down Joystick, safety buttons and wind speed meter. This condition exposed employees to potential fall and/or Struck-by hazards.
As a result, OSHA issued a Notice of Unsafe and Unhealthful Working Conditions to the Fabens Border Patrol Station . All NBPC local officials should conduct similar inspections of SkyWatch Towers being utilized in their sectors to ensure similar non-functioning controls are not found.