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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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.

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 and would also require employee to repay any bonuses awarded for any year in which the adverse finding is made. Hit Read More to view and track the bill on Congress.gov.

03/2017 congress.govRead More
DC Prepares for Budget Cuts

"The cuts ... would be devastating to the constituents that HUD serves" Salamido said (Council 222 President). "Everyone is extremely concerned. The cuts that were described were draconian and there is a great deal of angst right now among employees."

03/10/2017 cnn.comRead More
Trump Administration Considers $6 Billion Dollar Cut To HUD Budget

HUD´s budget would shrink by about 14 percent to $40.5 billion in fiscal 2018, which begins in October.

03/08/2017 cnn.comRead More
HUD Inspection Process Enforcement Reform Act of 2017

S.160 Bill to reform inspection process and also gives HUD Secretary authority TO REMOVE HUD employee if misconduct or performance warrants such action. Hit "Read More" to view and sign up for updates on this issue.

01/17/2017 congress.govRead More
VA Working Closely With Congress On Firing Bill

H.R. 1259 VA Accountability Bill. The measure would make it certain that any employee not fit for the VA would no longer work for it.
Click "Read More" to view and track the bill.

02/23/2017 Congress.govRead More
White House Prepping Govt Reorg Exec Order

A federal deputy chief financial officer, who requested anonymity to speak about internal budget discussions, said they’ve been told to expect reductions of 5 percent-to-20 percent starting in fiscal 2018, but really taking hold in 2019.

02/15/2017 federalnewsradio.comRead 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. Click "Read More" to view and track this bill.

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 the work day.

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 located in ATL, CHI, FtWorth, NYC, or SanFran

05/11/2016 congress.govRead More
LEGISLATION TRACKER

Issues affecting us are in this tracker

Official Union Time

Your Right For Representation Gone?

Stop Wasteful Fed Bonuses Act

Prohibits bonuses for 5 years

DC Prepares for Budget Cuts

Angst Among HUD Employees

$6 Billion Cut to HUD

Shrinks by 14%

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

Inspection Process & Enforcement

VA Accountability Bill

Easier to fire employees

WH Govt Reorg Exec Order

5-20 percent reductions in 2018?

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



House GOP Gauges Trump Team´s Interest in Expediting Firing Across Government

October 25, Govexec.com - A group of House Republicans and several conservative advocacy groups are planning to send a letter to Trump administration officials to promote and solicit interest in easing the firing process for employees across the federal government.Reps. Brad Wenstrup, R-Ohio, and Barry Loudermilk, R-Ga., are gathering signatures for their letter, which proposes expanding a law President Trump signed earlier this year to expedite discipline for employees at the Veterans Affairs Department. The letter will go out to all agency heads, asking if the reforms put in place at VA would be "beneficial towards increasing the efficiency, effectiveness and performance" of their organizations. read article

Senate Republicans pass budget plan, excludes cuts to federal retirement benefits

October 20, Federalsoup.com - The Senate passed a $4 trillion budget plan that does not include a proposal to cut billions of dollars to federal retirement benefits, unlike the House plan. The budget resolution narrowly passed the Senate Budget Committee with a 51-49 vote, and mainly reforms tax code laws and reduces federal spending by $5 trillion. 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.

Federal Employee Buyout Boost Advances

October 11, Fedweek.com - A bill (S-1888) increasing the standard buyout amount to $40,000 government-wide is ready for floor voting in the Senate following approval by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, the first solid step in Congress toward enacting the closely-watched proposal.

The bipartisan measure approved without objection thus becomes a candidate for approval by the full chamber under a procedure in which a bill can be quickly passed. No counterpart bill has been offered yet in the House.

The increase would be the first applying government-wide since in the amount was first set at $25,000 in the early 1990s. DoD last year received authority to pay up to $40,000. Note: Click on the S-1888 link and sign up to receive alert updates on this bill!

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 i´’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

 

Management Sends Notice to HUD Employees to Settle Union Complaint of Unfair Labor Practice

June 8, 2017 - The Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) required HUD to send out a Notice to All Employees by email and to post it on bulletin boards to settle complaints of an unfair labor practice that the Union filed against HUD.

The Union had filed two complaints with the FLRA because HUD did not respond properly to the Union´s request for information related to a proposed new Personnel Security and Suitability Policy handbook. Steward Jerry Gross represented the Union in this matter, demonstrating to the FLRA why the information and documentation requested was essential. The FLRA required HUD to provide all available information and to distribute the Notice as HUD´s public commitment to respond to Union requests for information in a timely manner in the future.

The bargaining unit has the right to be represented by the Union to the best of our abilities. That means that we need to have all relevant information before we negotiate the imiplementation of a new policy. Although HUD did not initially provide the required information, we commend management for ultimately providing all available information so that we can work together to ensure that an important new policy handbook is implemented fairly and equitably. The Notice and other relevant documents for this issue are in the ULP page under Handbook 755.1 .

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