Secretary Johnson informed NTEU National President Tony Reardon that he would be seeking employee input in developing a DHS Core Values Statement or “credo.”
Mr. Reardon told the Secretary that NTEU would consider providing comments on suggested language, but that words will not reverse the years of disappointment in the relationship between CBP employees and CBP management as evidenced by the agency’s ranking at the very bottom of the Partnership for Public Service’s “Best Places to Work” Survey—314 out of 320 agency subcomponents.
Developing a credo does not begin to address what is needed for CBP employees to feel valued and engaged, and will have little effect in improving the levels of employee satisfaction across the Department.
If DHS really wanted to address morale problems, it would direct CBP to come to a reasonable compromise on a National Collective Bargaining Agreement, end mandatory overtime and TDYs, and come out strongly against the recent report of the CBP Integrity Panel recommendations that included eliminating CBP employees’ due process and collective bargaining rights.
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