Monday, December 3, 2012

Where is Mike Now? - National LEOSA Arbitration Hearing, Washington, DC

I'll be in Central Office this week as a witness and co-representative in the national level grievance that was filed on LEOSA and whether or not staff can carry firearms to and from work and secure weapons in their vehicles.  The grievance (click here to read) was filed in 2011 by then Council President, Bryan Lowry.

The primary dispute is the 2011 change in signs that the BOP moved from the parking lot entrances to the actual building entrance.  Then Director Lappin sent a memorandum to all Wardens stating that , "Title 18 U.S.C. § 930 prohibits possessing, attempting to possess, or causing to be present, a firearm or other dangerous weapon in a Federal facility, which includes buildings on institution grounds. “Federal facility,” in this context, does not include institution grounds, parking lots, or parking garages. The statute provides for criminal prosecution of persons violating the provision."

The Council's position is that by the Agency defining the 18 USC 930 prohibition of firearms on Bureau property to applying only to within buildings on Bureau grounds, that the terms and conditions of LEOSA would kick in for secure storage in vehicles.

Dwayne Person, Mid-Atlantic Regional Vice President, is the primary representative for the case.  He asked me to be a witness and to also be his #2 (co-rep) during the hearing.

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