This approach attracts additional border guards from their work to focus on labour relations, at a time when the government is viewing the situation at the U.S. southern border as a national security crisis. It also expands the number of border guards whose role as union leaders allows them to engage in partisan activities, which is a potential benefit to the 2020 presidential campaign. The new collective agreement, which went into effect nov. 1, requires the government to fund the equivalent of 74 full-time unions — more than comparable Department of Homeland Security unions and about three times the working time used by the National Border Patrol Council in recent years — though the number of agents has declined. North Dakota company Trump touted gets $400 million border wall contract The increase in official working hours has stunned some senior border services officials because the agency is struggling to meet its recruitment targets and has taken significant steps to reduce fluctuation. Senior officials also say the contract provisions will require border guards to negotiate operational and human changes that are not explicitly stipulated in the agreement, which they say could hamper the ability to respond to emergencies. The timing of the deal was decisive, just weeks before a series of Trump administration enforcement orders went into effect that limited the power of federal employee unions. One of the injunctions orders federal authorities to negotiate new collective agreements that reduce the amount of official hours — or „union time“ — granted to them, with a new directive of one hour per year per employee. Judd declined to discuss his recent meeting with Trump at the White House, but said the purpose of the meeting was to discuss border security, not the treaty.

Judd said several other union officials were in attendance, along with two senior Trump advisers. He said the contract would likely have been concluded earlier, well before the president`s executive injunction at the union era, if it had not been slowed down by litigation. Judd was already an impressive figure in U.S. immigration policy when he supported Trump`s candidacy for president and became a prominent supporter of Trump`s plan to build a border wall. Question 4. Why did the EU not negotiate the GS-13 and the FLSA? A4. Contrary to misinformation, public sector unions (federal government) cannot negotiate, under federal law, wages and benefits such as retirement and leave; As a result, the Agency does not have the authority to enter into negotiations on wages, differences or other matters of the federal leave and wage administration. Simply put, they can`t negotiate on these issues because it`s illegal. In addition, through our legislative efforts, the Union has succeeded in convincing, through our lobbying, members of the US House of Representatives and the Senate (on both sides of the Gang) to support laws that allow BPA to win FLSA again; These bills, however, are subject to congressional approval in both chambers. As for the GS-13, we have worked with the current government to seek higher positions within the Agency, but just like FLSA, it is illegal for public sector unions (NBPC) to negotiate SG increases; This is the sole responsibility of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and compensation levels are determined by professional responsibilities. The Union shall endeavour to supplement the BPA position description with responsibilities and obligations to ensure GS-13 upgrades. The process is not complete.

The Union is optimistic as in the past the Union has succeeded in upgrading the GS-11 and GS-12. These upgrades were not given to us, it took a lot of work and effort before we could get there. President Trump urged his top border security guard to strike a new employment contract with the Border Patrol union just weeks before the deal was signed in September, a deal that dramatically increases the number of union officials allowed to collect government pay without having to patrol, according to current and former government officials.