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.

SCAMMERS LEVERAGING OPM´S CREDIT MONITORING OFFER

As anticipated, scammers apparently have started using the Office of Personnel Management offer of identity protection services for victims of the data breach to launch email "phishing" expeditions to trick recipients into sharing personal information.

07/02/2015 federalsoup.comRead More
AFGE SUES OPM IN DATA BREACH

Class-action lawsuit against the agency's actions before and after the cyber attack that compromised federal personnel records. AFGE is asking for a jury trial in its case against the agency, OPM Director Katherine Archuleta and OPM Chief Information Officer Donna Seymour.

06/23/2015 federalsoup.comRead More
SIZE OF OPM HACK QUADRUPLES TO 18 MILLION

Hackers may have pilfered the personal data of as many as 18 million individuals from Office of Personnel Management records—four times as many as OPM originally estimated

06/22/2015 govexec.comRead More
WHY A CHRIS CHRISTIE PRESIDENCY COULD MEAN MAJOR CUTS TO FEDS' BENEFITS

As governor, Christie made a name for himself in part by taking on public sector unions and fighting to reduce the benefits for state employees. If elected president, he would have the opportunity to bring those cuts to the federal level.

06/30/2015 govexec.com Read More
NEW HIRING TREND YOU´VE NEVER HEARD ABOUT

Agencies now are closing job postings after receiving a set number of applications—and that means some job postings may be up for just a few hours.

02/23/2015 fedsoup.com Read More
PHASED RETIREMENT, WILL HUD OFFER IT?

Agencies have broad discretion in deciding how to implement phased retirement, including deciding which jobs are eligible for it, determining mentoring activities and deciding how long an employee can remain partially retired.

11/07/2014 govexec.com Read More
Why YOU should care!

Council 222 EVP Carolyn Federoff explains why HUD field employees, HUD MF employees and why ALL HUD employees should care about the SOC & MF Reorganization

No one escapes unscathed!
Everyone should care about the proposed changes.

08/15/2013 EVP Federoff Read More
Senate/House Lookup PLUS

Find your Senator
Find your Congressional Representative
Library of Congress website allows you to search for bills and see what is going on in Senate and Congress, and more!

DO NOT contact congress on duty time or use agency equipment!

07/26/2013 Interest
SCAMMERS AND OPM MONITORING

Trick you into sharing personal info

AFGE SUES OPM

Lawsuit on Data Breach

OPM HACK AT 18 MILLION

Four times original number

Chris Christie Presidency

Major cuts to Feds' Benefits?

New Hiring Trend

Postings on for only a few hours?

Phased Retirement

Will HUD offer it?

WHY YOU SHOULD CARE

about SOC and MF Reorg

SENATE/HOUSE LOOKUPS

Find your reps!



WE´RE REACHING OUT TO YOU FOR HELP!

We are reaching out to you for help. Please read and act on this request!

As you may know, Council 222 filed several grievances regarding HUD management’s on the pitiable and inconsistent implementation of the MFRT Supplement 135 and the Appendixes. One of the grievances filed specifically addresses management’s violation of the Job Swap/Job Exchange contractual process in Appendix 3, which they agreed to the following:

.      " . . . we try to accommodate and provide impacted employees with as much flexibility as possible. . . "

.      " . . . The HUD policy date May 2014, specifically states, "The job Exchange Program will allow MFH employees to exchange jobs in order to remain in their current geographical location and will allow other employees the opportunity to relocate to another geographical location, and utilize the early out/buyout authority."

This is just a small example of the disrespect management has exercised in honoring their agreements with the Bargaining Unit Employees affected by this reorganization. We understand the violations of the CBA are numerous. We also believe that the reorganizations will continue and the MFRT is just the tip of the iceberg. MFRT will set the playing field for future reorganizations. We must use this opportunity to draw a line in the sand and stop the injustice.

We need your help to win this case. Please send the names of any BUE in Multifamily or other program area, within your local or region, which may be affected by the miss-application of the Job Swap/Job Exchange, currently or previously. We need the employee´s name, position, and contact information, such as an email and or phone number. If you provide us this information, we will do the rest of the work. We are going to arbitration on this case in a few weeks and we have very little time to collect the important data needed to win this case.

Your participation in this request is imperative for us to claim a victory for the Union. If you do not have anyone in your local or region to report, please send the team an email stating your local has no one to report. We are tracking Local responses so we know we have exhausted all resources prior to the hearing.

Thank you,

Perry Casper
James Flynn
Kari LaLonde

AFGE Council 222 Fair and Equitable Case Against HUD

Council 222 would like to provide you, our bargaining unit employees, with an update on the Fair and Equitable Grievance. Many of you have already been contacted by attorneys from Snider & Associates, LLC, the firm representing Council 222 in this matter. If you have not yet been contacted, you should expect to be contacted within the next few months. Please continue to cooperate with the attorney that reaches out to you. The information and data that the firm is collecting is very important to the case.

The Union and Agency continue to have implementation meetings, many of which are overseen by Arbitrator McKissick. The purpose of these meetings is to review the data on damages and continue with the implementation of Arbitrator McKissick’s Award. The class is comprised of thousands of employees, so working through implementation is a time consuming task. However, progress has been made, and continues to be made.

While we continue to work through implementation, the Parties have also begun to discuss a possible settlement in this matter. There is no timetable for settlement at this time, however, we are hopeful that in the coming months, we will have additional information to share.

As always, if you have any questions we urge you to contact the Snider & Associates’ team by emailing them at fande@sniderlaw.com or visiting their website at www.sniderlaw.com

Senate Appropriations Committee Report Directs HUD NOT To Consolidate MF Asset Mgmt

Senate Appropriations Committee report directs HUD not to consolidate Multifamily Housing Asset Management in FY 2015. The FY’15 HUD budget and Senate Appropriations Committee report will be considered by the full Senate. It is expected to pass. The House Appropriations Committee report did not include this language, and the bills will eventually have to be reconciled. There are many AFGE Locals and Officers who have been working on this issue. This has been a great example of team effort, and why it remains invaluable to have active Locals in as many jurisdictions as possible. It’s also an example of why good connections with our customers matter, as we know that the asset mgmt community came out strongly for our field offices. We will continue to work until the HUD FY’15 budget is finally approved. But we’ve pushed the boulder a good deal further up a very steep hill.

Some Federal Contacts

Office of Personnel Management (OPM) PH-202-555-1212 | opm.gov email: info@opm.gov
Legislative Information http://beta.congress.gov/
Merit Systems Protection Board: www.mspb.gov
Federal Labor Relations Authority: www.flra.gov
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC): www.eeoc.gov
Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund (FEEA): www.feea.org

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!

Know Your Government

Which of the following activities does the House Rules Committee control?
a) Scheduling what bills to debate and when they are debated
b) Selecting who will speak during floor debate
c) Appointing members for standing committees
d) Selecting the Speaker of the House

ANSWER: a) The House Rules Committee decides what bills to debate and when to debate them. This power is important because it gives the House Rules Committee the power to choose to schedule debate on a bill when the bill is likely to pass (or when the bill is likely not to pass, if the House Rules Committee chooses). Because the Speaker of the House appoints members to the House Rules Committee, the Committee is inclined to act in accordance with the Speaker’s wishes. The House Rules Committee does not make appointments to standing committees. Nor does the House Rules Committee select the Speaker of the House (the Speaker is elected by the House of Representatives) or select who will speak during floor debate (a power that falls to the Speaker of the House).



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