Veterans Fishing Adventure, No Cost

October 13, 2017 – The Union is pleased to introduce the Anglers Anonymous Ventura Coast, a chapter of Anglers Anonymous Central Coast. They are a nonprofit fishing organization located on the Ventura Coast of California. They exist to share the passion of fishing with veterans who may not otherwise be able to engage in this amazing activity. You never know what treats the ocean will have in store for you. Sometimes you catch a Humpback Whale show or a Great White Shark sighting along with plenty of other amazing fish in between. They love to fish and we love to share this lifestyle with others who can benefit from the relaxation of the open waters. Imagine providing that peace of mind to Veterans at no cost to them. Join us in helping build a network of veterans helping other veterans.

https://anglersanonymousvc.weebly.com

Happy Retirement, Kim Chermock

October 12, 2017 – The Bureau of Prisons, says farewell to Kim Chermock, Safety Compliance Specialist. Enjoy a well earned retirement.

Professional Liability Insurance and You.

October 12, 2017 – Professional Liability Insurance and You, Staff are encouraged to obtain Liability Insurance especially staff that work in critical areas especially in the Special Housing Unit, R&D, and Visiting Room areas. Although the Union represents staff, this representation does not cover Criminal matters. Coverage begins on the day you initiate your policy, they do not cover events that happen prior to purchasing coverage. Consider the cost of liability insurance of $350 – $400 a year with a coverage of two million dollars, versus an out of pocket retainer of an average of $5000-$7000, with additional fees for court appearances of $10,000.

Two companies available to staff are Starr Wright USA, WrightUSA.com, 1-800-424-9801 and Federal Employee Defense Services, Fedsprotection.com, 1-866-955-FEDS. Both companies offer similar services and plans with options for coverage in “off-duty” events, which the Bureau of Prisons does not cover you on. You can be reimbursed up to 50% of the yearly cost by Submitting Standard Form 1164 to Human Resources. The promotional material and SF1164 are available on the VIX Union Folder on the facilities intranet.

President, Revokes LMR.

 

Sept 29, 2017 –

President Trump on Friday disbanded a federal labor-management council that had been created by former President Barack Obama, saying it was a waste of money and time.

In an executive order, Mr. Trump revoked Mr. Obama’s order of Dec. 9, 2009, that had created the “National Council on Federal Labor-Management Relations” and related panels.

“The United States Government should spend tax dollars responsibly, efficiently, and in the public interest,” Mr. Trump said in the order.
He said the council and other similar forums “have consumed considerable managerial time and taxpayer resources, but they have not fulfilled their goal of promoting collaboration in the federal workforce.”
“Public expenditures on the council and related forums have produced few benefits to the public, and they should, therefore, be discontinued,” the president said.

His action came hours after Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price resigned in a scandal over wasting taxpayer money on private jet flights.

 

20 Years Government Service, Dr. Ross Quinn Retires.

Dr. Ross Quinn

September 29, 2017 – The Bureau says farewell to Dr. Ross Quinn, Medical Services, after 20 years of government Services. Enjoy your Retirement, it is well deserved. Your service to the Community at large and Staff will be greatly missed.

AFGE hails 3 recent Victories.

AFGE

September 22, 2017 – (Repost from www.afge.org)

pecial interests’ and their allies in Congress’ attacks on federal employees’ pay, benefits, and rights were relentless the past few weeks, but they couldn’t match the will and activism of AFGE members who bombarded Congress with calls, letters, and visits to their lawmakers. The results? These three major legislative victories that protect the civil service, jobs, and taxpayer dollars.

1. Rights at work

Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin was about to offer an amendment to the annual defense authorization bill that would have punished federal employees who serve as union representatives by cutting their pensions and bonuses. But thanks to the activism of AFGE members, he didn’t get around to offer it on the Senate floor as his colleagues had overwhelmingly voiced their concerns, which means the measure was unlikely to pass.

Johnson’s amendment is a vicious attack on employees’ right to join together and have their colleagues serve as their representatives to ensure fair treatment in the workplace and adequate resources to do their jobs as well as improve agency operations.

2. BRAC

The Senate rejected new attempts to destroy local economies across the country through another round of base realignment and closure (BRAC). The amendment to be offered by Sen. John McCain of Arizona to the defense authorization bill was so controversial it was not even offered, thanks to the activism of AFGE members.

3. Outsourcing federal jobs

AFGE members were also able to stop the House of Representatives from bringing back the so-called A-76 outsourcing process. It is a well-known fact that federal employees are two to three times cheaper than contractors, but that didn’t stop some politicians from trying to outsource federal jobs just so the government appears smaller.

As the full House was considering a fiscal 2018 consolidated omnibus appropriations bill, it adopted an amendment offered by Rep. Matt Cartwright to prohibit the use of the A-76 process.
But the fight is not over

We still have many legislative battles ahead of us, especially ones that would take away our retirement.

To stay in the know about the bills and other ways that AFGE is fighting for government workers, subscribe to AFGE’s text message program. Please text “AFGE” to 225568 from your personal phone (never a government phone) and answer the three questions when prompted.

These are great victories, and you made them possible. Let’s keep this momentum going!

Retirement “Big” Mike Miller, R&D Services.

“Big” MIke Miller

September 22, 2017 – FCC Victorville wishes “Big” Mike Miller, a fond farewell for his 30 years government Service, Miller leaves the R&D Department, to enjoy his life’s wishes in his retirement. ~Fair winds and following Seas.

Fall Festival and World Gym.

World Gym Donates

Sept 2120, 17 – The Union would like to thank World Gym, for donations for our silent auction that goes towards FCC Victorville’s Fall Festival. World Gym donated two backpacks each valued with membership benefits to World Gym totaling $500 each and a $100 gift card as a 3rd prize. We also like to thank World Gym for the giveaways to our Hero Mud Run held earlier this month.

World Gym 14689 Valley Center Drive, Victorville CA 92392
(Tel) 760 243-4020

911 We Remember

We Remember those who have fallen to Acts beyond our Control, we take the time to day to remember those who were taken before their time. Please add additional prayers to those who are suffering in Natural disasters around our Great Country.

FCC Victorville’s Hero Mudd Run 2017

J. Phelps, CMS Service, Runner #69

Associate Warden H. Barron

AW Barron’s Final Push.

MDC Staff, Custody and Psychology Running Team.

Bounce House Available for Participants with Children

Hero Mud Run 2017

J. Zumkher Tests the Waters.

Lt. J. Stansell

Neck and Neck for 3rd Place

Running in 2nd.

1st Place, Officer R. Barr

September 9, 2017 – During a two hour event, Staff from MDC Los Angeles, Victorville and Active Sports participants, were challenged to a 5k Mud Run, a multiple obstacle course that started from the Central Administrative Building to the US Penitentiary and back. A bounce house was available for competitor’s who brought children. Future Mud runs will entail more entertainment, and Law Enforcement Vendors. Special thanks to World’s Gym for freebies to participants and Victorville’s own J. Phelps for planning and execution of the obstacle course.