January 31, 2014
At Customs and Border Protection, labor and management agree that it’s time to change a decades-old old system for providing overtime pay to Border Patrol agents who work irregular hours. They are at odds, however, on what to do in the meantime.
“What worked 40 years ago doesn’t work for today’s operational needs and threats,” Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council, the union representing some 16,500 agents, said at a Senate hearing earlier this week. “The real question is where do we go from here.”
The council has endorsed a bill introduced two months ago by Sens. Jon Tester, D-Mont., and John McCain, R-Ariz., that would replace “administratively uncontrollable overtime” (AUO) for Border Patrol agents with a three-tier pay system.