NTEU, CBP Reach Agreement on Six-Year Contract

April 28, 2017

After two years of bargaining, NTEU and CBP have reached agreement on a new six-year
national contract.


While the new agreement protects and expands on your rights and benefits, it also stands
as the first contract between NTEU and Customs/CBP since 1996 that did not require the
intervention of the Federal Service Impasses Panel (FSIP). During previous contract
negotiations, the FSIP had been required to impose some of the language that went into
these contracts.


There are still some matters that must be addressed before the contract is implemented,
most likely this fall. NTEU and CBP are still working to reach agreement over a Centers of
Excellence and Expertise bid and rotation process and reassignments between Centers.
During negotiations, NTEU is stressing that Center employees are entitled to the same
negotiated benefits and protections that the uniformed workforce enjoys.


Negotiations also continue over how to compute the 50-mile rule for the purposes of
defining the “official duty station.”


Once NTEU and CBP reach agreement on these remaining issues, language will be added to
the new agreement.


Next Steps
NTEU members will soon have an opportunity to learn more about the contract and vote to
ratify it. After NTEU and CBP proofread the contract, it will be sent to NTEU chapters, which
will have 30 days in which to conduct ratification meetings. Ahead of these meetings, NTEU
will educate members on the benefits and protections contained in their new contract.


After ratification, the contract will be formally signed and will undergo agency head review.
During this process, the Department of Homeland Security can only disapprove a contract
provision that is illegal, not because the agency doesn't agree with it. The new contract will
become effective 90 days after agency review or on a date mutually agreed to by NTEU and
CBP.


The NTEU Bargaining Team
A rotating group of 26 NTEU chapter leaders represented the needs and interests of all CBP
employees from around the country and in various occupations. They spent long, difficult
hours at the bargaining table to maintain the protections and benefits from the existing
contract, achieving significant gains in the new contract, while also addressing pressing
workplace issues. They are:

Jorge Llanos - Chapter 105 (San Diego)
Alfredia Clyde - Chapter 111 (LAX)
Kevin Goyette - Chapter 133 (Massachusetts)
Mary Alice Gustafson - Chapter 136 (Virginia)
Damian Alvarez - Chapter 137 (Miami)
Thomas O’Keefe - Chapter 138 (Northern New York)
Alan Mulherin - Chapter 141 (Maine)
Glenn Dockham - Chapter 142 (Vermont)
John Monahan - Chapter 143 (El Paso)
Cesar De Los Santos - Chapter 145 (Laredo)
David Atkinson - Chapter 149 (Hidalgo)
Nicole Byram - Chapter 150 (Savannah)
Daniel Barra - Chapter 153 (JFK)

Paul Kwiatkowski - Chapter 154 (Niagara Frontier)
Heidi Tien - Chapter 155 (Ohio)
Anastacio Armijo - Chapter 160 (Brownsville)
Juan Cosme - Chapter 161 (Newark)
Sean Albright - Chapter 164 (Blaine)
Jonathon Ortino - Chapter 165 (San Francisco/Oakland)
Jennifer Fagerman - Chapter 167 (Minnesota Border)
Laura Zayner - Chapter 172 (Chicago)
Ryan Gibson - Chapter 173 (Detroit)
Miguel Flores - Chapter 178 (Eagle Pass/Del Rio)
John Marturano - Chapter 183 (New York Seaport)
Hiram Gonzales - Chapter 188 (Puerto Rico)
Blake Thomas - Chapter 231 (Great Falls)

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