Soldiers in Texas National Guard start to unionize after federal judge approves

U.S. Army Spc. Erik Segura, a combat medic specialist with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 141st Infantry Regiment, gives Brig. Gen. Greg Chaney, the Deputy Adjutant General – Army a tour of the personal protection site at the Mid Valley Airport in Weslaco, Texas, June 23, 2020. Chaney visited service members along the south Texas border to discuss future planning and verify morale. (Air National Guard photo by De’Jon Williams)

Members of the Texas Army National Guard have reportedly unionized over their duties along the US-Mexico border.

The Texas State Employees Union’s Military Caucus, which consists of troops on state active duty orders assigned to the border, US set to have a meeting next week.

While Active-Duty troops aren’t allowed to have a union, federal lawyers determined that such rules do “not apply to Guard members on state active duty or in the Inactive National Guard.”

The individual who spoke to the Army Times did so out of anonymity, as he or she feared reprisal from the Texas Military Department.

Operation Lone Star -the mission to secure the border- has been long hindered by logistics, pay and personnel problems.

As a result, some troops formed a union, not unlike the Border Patrol they work alongside.

“We’re hoping to improve all [those] things,” said the soldier leading the organizing efforts.

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