UNION FAQIf 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 Local 2455.
I RECEIVED A NOTICE THAT I AM BEING SUED FOR A JOB-RELATED INCIDENT. WHAT DO I DO?Union members should immediately call PORAC (the Police Officers Research Association of California) 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 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 LDF is one of the many benefits of being a member of the National Border Patrol Council. 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 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 a 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 local 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.