Union FAQ

If you have a question that does not appear below, please contact a local officer or representative for local issues or complete the contact form for national matters.

Who are we and what do we do?

Please see About NBPC.

I received a notice that I am being sued for a job-related incident. What do I do?

Union members should immediately call >PORAC Legal Defense Fund (LDF) at 1-800-255-5610.

I received a notice that I am a subject in a criminal investigation stemming from a job-related incident. What do I do?

Union members should immediately call PORAC Legal Defense Fund (LDF) at 1-800-255-5610.

I received a proposal for a suspension; What do I do?

Union members should immediately contact a Local representative for assistance. An employee has only ten days to respond to a proposal for discipline so do not delay or you risk losing your opportunity to respond.

I believe I have an issue that should be grieved. What do I need to do and what is the time frame for filing?

Immediately contact a Local representative at your location. The time frame for filing a grievance is 30 days from the date the incident/violation occurred or the employee became aware of the incident.

What is PORAC Legal Defense Fund?

The PORAC (the Police Officers Research Association of California) Legal Defense Fund (LDF) is one of the many benefits of being a member of the National Border Patrol Council. PORAC Legal Defense Fund to visit the PORAC LDF website and learn more about this valuable legal representation available only to dues-paying members. NBPC members fall under Plan II.

Does the NBPC represent all Agents?

Yes; the National Border Patrol Council is the only lawful and legally recognized representative of Border Patrol Agents. We expand representation of Border Patrol Agents by aligning with the PORAC (Police Officers Research Association of California) LDF.

What would happen if there were no volunteers to run the NBPC?

The NBPC requires volunteers to administer the daily business, represent employees, respond to agency correspondence, etc. Without those volunteers, it would just become a bank account.

The Union is only as strong as the members.  If every member recognized the importance of actively participating in their Union, then members would be better educated and more likely to prevent many of the unsafe working conditions that we face on a daily basis.  Being an active participant no longer means attending the monthly Union meetings.  The NBPC and its Locals have gone to great lengths to make information available to every member and to make it easier than ever before to contact a National or Local officer and representative. There are some issues that cannot be discussed in public forums, but members are free to contact NBPC committee members or Local officers at any time to discuss an issue or ask questions.

What is the budget for the NBPC?

The NBPC operates under an biennial budget approved by the delegates at the national convention, in accordance with the NBPC Constitution.

How do I become a member of the NBPC?

Contact a Local Representative at your assigned duty location.

When are Union Meetings?

The National Border Patrol Council holds a convention every three years. In between conventions, the NBPC holds a business meeting.

Locals hold meetings at different times of the year depending on the local. Check with your Local for info on meetings.

Why doesn’t the NBPC or my Local ask for input from the members before negotiating policies?

Due to time constraints imposed by the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), the NBPC relies on input from your elected Local leadership.

A Local only has ten (10) days to respond to proposed changes. Therefore, Locals typically seek input from certified Union representatives, who should seek input from members at their respective duty locations before providing feedback.

A representative is negotiating with management at our station and changing conditions of employment without our knowledge.  Is this appropriate and if not, what can I do?

Chief representatives, Lead representatives, and station representatives may negotiate with management, depending on how your Local executive board operates.

If significant changes are being made and you believe the executive board is not aware of the changes, please contact one of your executive board members to discuss the matter.

Do non-dues paying members receive service from the union?

Only to the minimum extent as required by law, where the NBPC is designated as the exclusive representative and the non-member is not authorized their own representative.

Does the NBPC provide legal coverage for personal matters?

No; but the NBPC may be able to provide attorney referrals.

Does the NBPC provide union benefits?

You may obtain access to a significant level of union benefits through AFGE and AFL/CIO:

AFL/CIO benefits

AFGE benefits .

Do any of my dues go toward political contributions?

NO!  AFL/CIO, AFGE, NBPC, and your Local are prohibited by federal law from using dues for political contributions.

AFGE and AFL-CIO do make political contributions, but these contributions are from funds created by VOLUNTARY contributions from members.  AFGE has a Political Action Committee (PAC) which is where they generate the funds to support various candidates.

In other words, do not believe the fictitious rumors that the Union is using your dues to contribute to political campaigns because Federal Law prohibits it!  If you are interested in contributing to the AFGE PAC Fund, please visit the AFGE site to learn more.

What do I do if I transfer to another sector?

The employee must contact the treasurer at the new Local to formally request to have his or her membership dues transferred to the new Local. Requests by an employee on behalf of other employees will not be granted.

I promoted or transferred to a different position in CBP and my dues did not stop. Can I receive a refund?

The NBPC does not receive reports from the Agency when an employee promotes to a non-bargaining unit position or transfers to another position in CBP not covered by the NBPC. For this reason, the member and HRMO are responsible for making sure the dues allotment is terminated.

The NBPC will not provide refunds to employees in these instances. If your dues were not terminated after properly submitting an 1188 or after transferring to a non-bargaining unit position, contact a mission support specialist for assistance.

Why is the NBPC affiliated with the AFL-CIO?

In order to remain the exclusive labor organization for agents, all National Border Patrol Council locals are required to maintain affiliation with the following organizations:  AFL-CIO and AFGE.  If we were to sever affiliation, the NBPC would lose its assets, third-party legal insurance, exclusive representative status, and be placed into trusteeship, whereby AFGE national representatives (non-BP) would assume control of your union and your representation.  The AFL-CIO per capita is paid for by AFGE and as of 2019, amounted to $0.65 per month per member.

Although NBPC is opposed to the shameless promotion of illegal aliens by AFGE and AFL-CIO, the NBPC must work through internal measures to change the position of AFGE and AFL-CIO or risk jeopardizing our status (as explained above).  In order for change to occur, the NBPC must convince the various Councils within AFGE and other Unions affiliated with AFL-CIO to oppose efforts that promote illegal immigration.

What about FLEOA or Wright & Co. Insurance?

The NBPC has historically recommended agents supplement Union membership with professional liability insurance to provide an extra layer of protection for civil matters.  Currently AFGE offers professional liability insurance which is comparable to the insurance offered by Wright & Co.

Federal Law Enforcement Officer Association (FLEOA) is designed for federal law enforcement officers who have no collective bargaining rights and exclusive representative (Union).  FLEOA is a great option if you have no collective bargaining rights and they do a tremendous job of representing the interests of criminal investigators and Air Marshals.

NBPC officers and representatives frequently hear members mistakenly state that FLEOA offers the same coverage as the NBPC for less money.  Although it is true FLEOA does cost less than being a member of the NBPC, the coverage is significantly different.