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.
Recently, the National Border Patrol Council was notified of U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s intent to implement a recognition program amongst employees.
It is called the “High-Five” program, which is ironic since that is what they wanted to call a watered down retirement program for employees and “is expected to foster a sense of teamwork, help build good morale, and promote employee engagement, and will be made available to all CBP employees. To recognize a colleague’s exemplary efforts, employees can access the “High Five” webpage to select a recognition category, and include a personalized message that will be delivered to the recognized employee by e-mail.”