Chief Pfeifer Is Too Busy For His Employees

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21 days just to set up a meeting with Chief Pfeifer.

58 days in total it takes to have a scheduled meeting with Chief Pfeifer.

DAY 1: January 5, 2016

Union requested a meeting with Chief Pfeifer.

DAY 6: January 11, 2016

Chief Pfeifer’s Designee responded by stating she was still checking on possible dates and wanted to know any specific topics.

DAY 8: January 13, 2016

Union responded  “to discuss and explore strategies that would improve the present relationship between labor and management. Specifically, we would like to discuss bid for shifts and utilizing the FMCS for both their grievance mediation process, and one of their Building Labor-Management Relationships Programs. If there are any other specific topics that management would like to discuss please let us know in advance. Thank you”

DAY 21: January 26, 2016

Chief Pfeifer’s Designee’s responded, “ Chief Pfeifer and DCPA Garcia are available to meet with you on March 2nd or 3rd at 0900 hours, Swanton Sector.”

DAY 58: March 3, 2016

Tentative meeting scheduled with Chief Pfeifer.

USBP Nation Wide Swaps (NWS) & FAQ

USBP and NBPC will begin solicitation for the Nation Wide Swaps (NWS) on August 17, 2015

As outlined in Sect. 11 of the April 28 MOU

For a BPA to be eligible:

  • Has served a minimum of 3 years as a BPA, is not the subject of any pending performances or disciplinary action, or is the subject of an investigation of alleged misconduct, that may prevent the performance of the full scope of required duties.
  • Has not received or been the subject to three or more disciplinary actions (reprimand to 14 day suspensions), or a single adverse action (suspension of more than 14 days) within the last 2 years.
  • Is not under a last chance agreement; and
  • Has fulfilled any time-in-station requirements associated with any previously approved relocation or reassignment..

Bargaining Unit employees wishing to participate in the NWS will have to agree to the following:

  • If I am granted an exchange, I agree to not request another swap for two years from the effective date of this requested exchange.
  • I understand that I may request  and be granted an excused absence without charge to my leave in an amount not more than 40 hours to enable me to make pre-moving and post-moving arrangements.
  • I understand that any relocation or other cost associated with an approved swap granted under Sect. 11 of the April 28, 2014 MOU are the responsibility of the applicant.

Bargaining Unit employees will have to fill out basic biographical information, including USBP “Enter on Duty” date (EOD). The use of Service Computation Date will not be allowed and will automatically disqualify an applicant.

Applicants will be able to request up to four locations. All selections will be made solely on the basis of seniority. Employees granted a swap will also take on the other employee’s Pay Tier and Shift .

The solicitation will open on August 17, 2015 0800 CDT and close on September 5, 2015 2400 CDT.

Agents will not have to request access or permission to any site prior or during the open-period.

The following link is only accessible by a Government Computer:

https://uconnect.cbpnet.cbp.dhs.gov/sites/OBP/MSD/wm/nwsp/Pages/default.aspx

The following stations/locations are not able to participate in the NWS at this time:

Abilene, Albuquerque, Amarillo, Billings, Dallas, Lubbock, Midland, Pecos, Riverside, San Angelo, San Antonio, Twin Falls

For further information, please read the Signed OT MOU and NWS FAQ

or email

Swaps@bpunion.org

AFGE Seeks Financial Compensation for Feds in Class Action Lawsuit against OPM

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AFGE on June 29 filed a class action lawsuit against Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Director Katherine Archuleta and Chief Information Officer Donna Seymour alleging that they failed to heed warnings, obey security policies, and are liable for one of the largest data breaches in U.S. history.

The union is seeking both monetary damages for every employee whose personal data has been stolen and injunction relief – steps that we want OPM to take such as sharing details on what it knows about the breach, instituting a multi-layer authentication process, encrypting Social Security numbers, and implementing an internal authentication system.

The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. AFGE and two individuals, Robert Crawford and Adam Dale, are represented by a legal team led by Girard Gibbs LLP, a national litigation firm representing plaintiffs in class and collective actions in state and federal courts and in arbitration matters worldwide. Girard Gibbs LLP has vast experience with cases involving cybersecurity attacks and data breaches.

If the court grants our motion for class action status, everyone whose information has been hacked will be automatically included in the lawsuit. That said, if anyone has specific questions about the lawsuit, they should send an email with their contact information to opm@girardgibbs.com.