On January 29, 2016, Border Patrol agents began receiving the first paychecks under the recently enacted BPAPRA of 2015.
Many members expressed surprise that this paycheck reflected a decrease in their net pay. Fortunately, most members were aware and prepared, as the Union had been talking with members about this for years — ever since the Office of Special Counsel reports demonstrated abuses in claiming AUO throughout the agency.
Once the OSC reports substantiated the claims made by fellow agents, some of whom bragged about abuses on social media, there was little support for maintaining the old system. In fact, many in DHS and CBP lobbied for a system that would have netted every agent a loss of nearly 30 percent of their annual pay. The Union believed that this was extremely excessive and would penalize the vast majority of agents who only worked the hours they claimed and claimed the hours they worked.
IMPORTANT: NBPC members must complete, sign, and mail the below consent-retainer form to Woodley & McGillivary at the address below in order to participate with the lawsuit to recover pay for uncompensated work:
WOODLEY & MCGILLIVARY
1101 Vermont Ave., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20005
If you have been a canine handler throughout the period for which we are claiming damages, you do not have to join Abad as this case will cover all of your claims.
NOTE - if you did not receive the letter from the NBPC with the forms, your mailing address probably needs to be updated. To update your mailing address, visit the AFGE website, login as a member, and update your contact information.
Recently OBP published a document on the intranet entitled "BPAPRA Frequently Asked Questions." One of the answers given to one of the questions had to do with FEPA pay for canine agents on their days off.
The Agency stated that canine agents will receive one hour of BPAPRA pay for care of the dog on their regular work days. This is to cover care of the dog regardless of when that care is performed.
The National Border Patrol Council strenuously disagrees with the Agency's interpreatation and will oppose it if it remains unchanged. Nothing in this section of the law gave our attorneys, including prominent overtime pay attorneys, any concern that canine agents would not be paid fairly for off-duty care of the animals.
The NBPC will litigate this, if necessary, and we are confident we would prevail. This issue is far from over.
Pro-illegal immigration groups and criminals are gunning for us, the media vilifies us, and CBP plays politics with our lives.
Yes, it seems we Border Patrol agents have few friends and many enemies. At any moment in our unpredictable and dangerous working environment, a situation can erupt that suddenly jeopardizes your life, your job, or your liberty.
The National Border Patrol Council is the only organization that has your back. We fight for you when you need it most. We fight for you when no one else will.