Affiliated with the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), we are comprised of 40 HUD Locals throughout the U.S. Members elect delegates and the Council Executive Board meets monthly to set our direction/priorities.

Legislation Tracker

This news tracker holds legislation that affects all of us as HUD employees and as Federal employees.
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Fed Employee Buyout Boost

S-1888 - Senate bill increases standard buyout to $40,000 government-wide. $25,000 was set in 1990s. Bipartisan measure approved without objection, no counterpart bill offered.

10/2017 congress.govRead More
Official Union Time

H.R. 1293 - Would amend Title 5, United States Code, to require that the office of Personnel Management submit an annual report to Congress relating to the use of official time by Federal employees. Click "Read More" and sign up for alerts on this bill.
Update: 10/05/2017 Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar

05/2017 congress.govRead More
Stop Wasteful Federal Bonuses Act

S.742 - Prohibits a fed agency from awarding a bonus to employee for 5 years after adverse finding, would also require employee to repay any bonuses awarded for any year in which the adverse finding made. Update:Still on legislative calendar

03/2017 congress.govRead More
HUD Inspection Process Enforcement Reform Act of 2017

S.160 Bill to reform inspection process and gives HUD Sec authority TO REMOVE HUD employee if misconduct or performance warrants such action.
Latest action: None

01/17/2017 congress.govRead More
MERIT ACT

H.R. 559 (Modern Employment Reform Improvement and Transformation Act) Empowers agency heads to fire federal employees for misconduct or performance-related reasons. Employees must be given written notice 1-3 weeks in advance of being terminated.
Latest action: None

01/13/2017 congress.govRead More
Promote Accountability and Government Efficiency Act

H.R. 6278 Changes to fed pay system, prohibits pay raises, makes all feds "at will", allows immediate suspension, eliminates official time so union reps can no longer work to protect your pay/benefits/job during work day. Latest action: None

09/28/2016 congress.comRead More
PRESERVING HUD MF FIELD OFFICES ACT OF 2016

H.R.5202 - Waters (D-CA)
Prohibits HUD from relocating to any core office of MFHSG any asset mgmt position that, as of this bill's enactment, is located at a non-core office of that Office. "Core office" is a regional hub office in ATL, CHI, FtWorth, NYC, or SanFran Latest action: None

05/11/2016 congress.govRead More
LEGISLATION TRACKER

Issues affecting us are in this tracker

Fed Employee Buyout Boost

increase standard to $40,000

Official Union Time

Your Right For Representation Gone?

Stop Wasteful Fed Bonuses Act

Prohibits bonuses for 5 years

S.160 HUD Bill by Rubio (R-FL)

Inspection Process & Enforcement

H.R. 559 Merit Act

Empowers heads on employee firing

H.R. 6278 Page Act

Cut fed salaries to $1?

H.R. 5202 HUD MF Field Offices Act

MF Staff Relocation



Trump Formalizes 2019 Pay Freeze Proposal, Revives Benefits Cuts

Govexec.com February 12 - The Trump administration announced Monday that it will seek a pay freeze for all civilian employees in 2019, confirming a plan long expected from the White House. The administration's fiscal 2019 budget proposal released Monday by the Office of Management and Budget also includes a number of provisions that would cut federal workers’ retirement and other benefits. The budget describes the pay freeze plan as the first step in moving the civil service to a pay for performance system, pairing the freeze with a $1 billion interagency fund to reward high performers. read article

Trump Calls for 'Reskilling' Federal Workforce, Firing ‘Overhaul’ and Reducing Union Influence

Govexec.com February 12 - President Trump proposed major reforms to the civil service in his fiscal 2019 budget request, focusing on streamlining the hiring and firing process, transitioning current employees to new federal jobs and minimizing the influence of labor groups. One of the appeal avenues many employees pursue is through their union, another area where the administration is looking to make changes. The White House noted the labor groups are actually able to negotiate over few things, and argued the organizations instead serve as a roadblock to a well-functioning government. Trump signed an executive order in September disbanding labor-management forums at federal agencies and said in his budget he would continue down that path. "Collective bargaining contracts can have a significant impact on agency performance, workplace productivity and employee satisfaction," the president said in his blueprint. "The administration sees an opportunity for progress on this front and intends to overhaul labor-management relations." read article

OPM Tells Agencies to Stop Working Collaboratively with Unions

December 15, GovExec.com - Federal agencies may use President Trump’s executive order abolishing labor-management councils across government as justification for throwing out collective bargaining agreements with their workforces, guidance from the Office of Personnel Management suggested Wednesday.

In a memo to agencies, acting OPM Director Kathleen McGettigan instructed departments to abolish their labor-management forums and eliminate any rules or policies related to those forums. The memo also ordered agencies to examine whether their agreements with federal employee unions include provisions involving the forums or other labor outreach for "pre-decisional involvement," and when applicable, to renegotiate or get rid of them. read article

HUD Attempts to Limit Bargaining with Union

October 16 - HUD has refused to pay the travel expenses of Union negotiators in an effort to avoid bargaining with AFGE Council 222 over what the Department has characterized as "union-initiated changes."

When the Council requested data related to HUD’s expenditures on bargaining-related travel, HUD refused to provide the information. HUD said that it could not respond to the Council’s FOIA request because it was "very broad," and that it "would be quite costly to produce" the information requested because of the many hours of professional search time that would be required.

In spite of the difficulties imagined by the FOIA office, the labor relations office was able to provide some of the information the Council requested under federal labor-management statutes: Data related to travel expenses for Union negotiators for the past two years was provided (the Union had requested data for the past three years).

The Employee and Labor Relations Division, however, refused to provide data on travel expenses incurred by management negotiators. The Union has to wonder what HUD is hiding related to managers´ travel.

Given the current political animus against public sector unions, HUD’s recent actions seem to be part of a concerted effort to marginalize the Union and remove employee protections. In recent months, HUD has:

    •   Refused to negotiate with the Union over the Department’s recognition of a group representing other employees in the bargaining unit in what appeared to be a violation of the Union’s right to exclusive representation.
    •   Claimed the Department did not have to negotiate what it called "union-initiated bargaining." The Federal Labor Relations Authority upheld the Union´s unfair labor practice complaint, and ordered HUD to the bargaining table.
    •   Refused to pay for Union negotiators’ travel expenses in cases of so-called union-initiated bargaining.
    •   Refused to provide current versions of proposed handbooks before negotiations in an effort to keep Union negotiators ignorant of the issues before they reach the bargaining table.

HUD says it wants to work with the Union, but these actions don’t support that claim.

HUD Management, union, suffering communications breakdown over reorg efforts

September 11, Federal News Radio - The two employee unions representing HUD employees, the American Federation of Government Employees and the National Federation of Federal Employees, agree with the concept that HUD needs to be improved and transformed in some areas.

But AFGE and NFFE officials said for the Trump administration to be successful, like the Obama and Bush administrations before them, they need the employees on the front lines have to have a real say in the changes.

But so far, Holly Salamido, the president of the AFGE Council 222 of HUD locals, said that hasn’t happened.

"They know where we are. They know how to engage us. I think there is simply no interest. And it´s quite interesting that Mr. [David] Eagles claims to have engaged employees by setting up basically an electronic suggestion box, and he has been on the news claiming he is seeking input from employees, and it´s really rather extraordinary in that you don´t reform a Cabinet-level agency with anecdotal comments from employees," Salamido said, in an interview with Federal News Radio. "We talk to a lot of people and have years and years of experience at the agency, and we can provide a wealth of information. But it seems pretty clear they don´t have any interest in talking to representatives of employees. This suggestion box where they are taking employee comments is simply a sham. When they haven´t released their draft reform plan, there is nothing to comment on." read article

Council 222 Officers Elected

Congratulations to the officers elected or re-elected in the Council 222 convention held last month! Please refer to our About Us page for a list of new or re-elected Regional Vice Presidents and Local Presidents.
Holly Salamido of DC, re-elected President of AFGE Council 222
Ashaki Robinson Johns of DC, elected Council 222 Executive Vice President
Secretary Kirk Mensah of DC, re-elected as Council 222 Treasurer
Lorraine Chambers of Fort Worth, re-elected Council 222 Secretary

Our Main Contract

After four years of negotiations, the Council signed a new term contract (in 2016). A working copy is available here in pdf.

The new Main Contract reflects the work of many talented union negotiators. It contains new provisions allowing employees to both telework and maxiflex (see Article 16) as well as a shortened two step grievance process (Article 51). Previous contracts can be found within the Library link.

New Employees PowerPoint Presentation and Information

As a Council, we primarily bargain (at the national level) issues that impact your working conditions. Past negotiations have resulted in flextime, credit hours, telework, and other workplace benefits. We also work with HUD constituents to advocate for HUD programs, and fight wasteful contracting out of federal work. Please keep in mind that we are a volunteer organization; we elect our leadership from our membership. So it's very important that the best employees become union members and activists. As a bargaining unit employee, you are eligible for membership. If you have not already done so, we encourage you to talk with your Local President. Locals are the key to enforcing the benefits we negotiate at a national level. Without strong and active Locals, the contract is just paper. Also, we encourage you to explore our website. Our new employee power point presentation can answer many of your questions about what the union does at HUD. And our bargaining page incudes information on the latest bargaining issues. Again, welcome to HUD. We care deeply about HUD and its mission. We believe that respect in the workplace results in productive and creative employees. We hope you do, too. Download our Welcome To HUD powerpoint presentation and contact your Local President (listed on our About Us page) if you have any questions! To join, fill out an SF-1187 and hand it to your Local President!



The Department of Labor June 2, 2006 Final Rule requires labor organizations subject to the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978, the Foreign Service Act of 1980 and the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 to periodically inform their members of their rights as union members. The Final Rule will help ensure that federal union members are given basic understanding of: 1) rights as union members; 2) responsibilities of union officers.

Civil Service Reform Act of 1978 (CSRA) - The standards of conduct provisions in this Act, among other statutes, guarantee certain rights to members of unions representing Federal employees and impose certain responsibilities on officers of these unions.
read about the CSRA > | DOL 06/02/06 Federal Register Final Rule | DOL Fact Sheet | Council 222 Constitution/ByLaws | Foreign Service Act of 1980 | Congressional Accountability Act of 1995