NTEU is working to make sure that GS-1802 CBP Technicians who perform agriculture work receive premium pay under the USDA premium pay system. In November 2009, a national grievance was filed to challenge 1) CBP’s unilateral decision to terminate the practice of paying legacy Agriculture Technicians under the USDA APHIS system for plant and animal-related work they perform; and 2) CBP’s refusal to pay otasdfaher Technicians under the USDA system when they perform animal and plant-related work.
As a result of NTEU’s grievance, CBP asserts that it has 1) resumed payments under the USDA system to legacy Agriculture Technicians; and 2) started paying all other Technicians under the USDA system for their plant and animal inspection work.
NTEU is now in discussions with CBP over an appropriate back pay remedy for those affected by the Agency’s actions. If an agreement cannot be reached, the back pay issue will be submitted to an arbitrator.
Please take a few minutes to answer the following questions. The answers you provide will confirm information that CBP is providing and will help NTEU in its effort to make sure that you are paid correctly for the plant and animal-related work you do.
The survey does not have to be completed in one sitting. You can re-enter the survey at any time to update your responses, so long as you access the survey from the same computer. You may complete this survey from your home computer; from a CBP computer during non-work time; or from a CBP computer during official time. To receive official time to fill out this survey, you must request the official time from your supervisor in accordance with local practices.