Agents in Texas have finally received something other agents have had for a very long time – stable work shifts. Agents will now be able to bid for 6-month shifts instead of the current rotating shifts.

“This change will have a major impact on officer safety and the morale of the Border Patrol agents working in Texas,” National Border Patrol Council (NBPC) Vice President Shawn Moran told Breitbart Texas in an interview on Monday. “We have had agents injured and killed because of the previous rotating shifts. People will also be able to plan better for things like childcare and education.”

The change came about because of the work of the NBPC and acting Border Patrol Chief Ronald D. Vitiello. “Vitiello is the epitome of a real leader,” Moran told Breitbart Texas. “His priorities are in the right place. He shows a good balance between accomplishing the mission and the care of his employees.”

Under the prior system, agents would rotate through different shifts. The changing of the shifts takes a toll on the workers, Moran said. “This will allow people to be on the same shift for six months,” he explained. “Agents can plan their lives better and are happier because they are working a shift they enjoy.”

The NBPC issued a statement thanking Chief Vitiello for his decision to bring about the “Bid-For-Shift” plan:

Over the past few years Chief Vitiello has been a strong advocate for agents and during his time as the decision maker he’s put the mission first while also improving our agents’ lives. Under his leadership we have been able to create more mobility for agents than ever before. We got rid of the clean shifts that Chief David Aguilar implemented just so other non-agent priorities could be met. We’ve been able to create a HIP program for all agents and we’ve been able to get much better uniforms, even though our shirts still have to be changed in the near future. Unlike most of his predecessors, Chief Vitiello has not been self-serving, rather he’s made the decisions he feels are best for the agency and the agents.


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