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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



Your Right For Representation Gone?

H.R. 1293 - To 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 Fy Federal Employees
July 26, AFGE.org - Today the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee will consider anti-federal employee legislation that would take away your right to be represented by your union. Official time gives workers the ability to resolve disputes efficiently so employees can get back to work. It protects whistleblowers from retaliation, and helps implement new technology and other innovations to solve workplace problems. It enables workers LIKE YOU to do your job effectively, and it is irresponsible to take it away.

House Budget Proposal Pushes Civil Pension Reform

July 18 , Federal News Radio - A 2018 budget resolution by House Budget Committee chair Diane Black (R-Tenn.) calls for federal employees to contribute a greater amount of their salaries to the government’s defined benefit retirement plan.

“This [budget] would achieve significant savings while recognizing the need for new federal employees to transition to a defined contribution retirement system,” the resolution states. “The vast majority of private sector employees participate in defined contribution retirement plans.” read article

100 House Democrats Voice Opposition To Trump´s Proposed Federal Retirement Cuts

June 16, Federal News Radio - About 100 Democrats wrote to their leaders in the House to voice their opposition of the president’s proposals that would make significant changes to the federal retirement system for current and future employees and retirees. Specifically, they urged House leadership to prevent legislation that includes the proposals from being brought to the House floor. They’ll oppose any language that includes these changes, the lawmakers wrote. read article

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 .

Congress clears Trump-backed bill to fast-track firing of VA workers

June 6, Washington Post - The Senate cleared a path Tuesday evening for the Department of Veterans Affairs to take swift action to fire and discipline problem employees, overhauling long-guaranteed job protections that Republicans would like to change across the federal workforce. AFGE - "We just want to make sure that the overwhelming majority of excellent VA employees don´t get caught up in the mix," J. David Cox Sr., president of the American Federation of Government Employees, said in a statement. "Remember, it wasn´t the frontline employees we represent who ordered secret waitlists." read article

H.R. 1643- Federal Employee Accountability Act of 2017 (FEAA)

April 4 - The Bill seeks to amend title 5, United States Code, to provide agency heads with additional authority to discipline Federal employees, and for other purposes. Introduced in the House March 20 by Rep Ted S. Yoho (R-FL-3), referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

03/15/2017 UPDATE - H.R. 1259 passed in the house and is headed to the Senate. TEN DEMOCRATS voted against us and THREE Republicans voted FOR us. Those Democrats that voted against us are:
Tom O'Halleran- AZ, Kyrsten Sinema- AZ, Jim Costa- CA, Scott Peters- CA
Stephanie Murphy- FL, Tulsi Gabbard- HI, Josh Gottheimer- NJ, Beto O'Rourke- TX
Joaquin Castro- TX, Henry Cuellar- TX
REPUBLICANS that voted FOR us are:
Don Young- AK, Frank LoBiondo- NJ, Chris Smith- NJ

Here's what you need to know about H.R. 1364:
» It eliminates the use of official time by making it far too difficult for managers and federal employees to successfully work together to address mission-related challenges
» It revokes our union's ability to stand up for workers who have been wrongfully fired, disciplined, harassed or intimidated
» It steals the pension of any worker who exceeds a limited amount of time spent representing employees who have been disciplined, harassed, or intimidated

Disgusting, right? Wait until you hear about H.R. 1259, the VA Anti-Union Representation Bill:
» This bill specifically targets Title 5 and Title 38 rights at the VA, and takes away all grievance rights for workers facing a removal, demotion or suspension
» It gives agency officials the power to take back compensation you’ve already earned
» The bill gives management the upper-hand by radically shortening the time unfairly fired VA workers can prepare their case
» It limits the time unfairly fired workers can appeal to the MSPB to just 7 days

H.R. 1461 Attemps to deprive federal employees of union representation, caps the use of union representatives official time, extends the "atwill" probationary period when employees can be fired for any reason or no reason from 12 to 18 months. H.R. 1461

View Legislation That Affects You In The News Tracker!

2017 - We've updated the News Tracker Box (left) to hold legislation that affects all of us as HUD employees and as Federal employees. Each article provides the House or Senate number, the name of the Senator or Rep that proposed the bill and a link to the bill on Congress.gov page. You can even sign up in the Congress.gov site to receive email updates on any specific bill. Helpful tips and information on visiting members of Congress, sending them emails and making phone calls to them can be found on the Legislative Page on our website under General Advocacy Tips.

New Main Contract Signed

2016 - After four years of negotiations, the Council signed a new term contract. 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).

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