Union urges border agents to speak up on furlough


Perla Trevizo
Arizona Daily Star
March 15, 2013

Border Patrol union leaders worry about major cuts in overtime pay and hours agents face as well as security because of cuts required by the federal furlough.

Since last Thursday, Custom and Border Protection employees were told they will have to take up to 14 days without pay as a result of sequestration.

“Every single agent should voice their opinion,” said Art Del Cueto, Local 2544 president.

“How it has worked in the past with higher-ups is that they always end up with the excuse that they offered us an opportunity (to speak), and we didn’t take advantage of it,” he said.

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