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

URGENT! YOUR ACTION NEEDED! Read H.R. 1643, H.R. 1364, H.R. 1259 and H.R. 1461 Info In The Paragraph Just Below This Tracker

- Find your Senator
- Find your House Representative
- Find, review and easily sign up for e:alerts on bills at Congress.gov

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

Senate Dems Introduce Bill Protecting Fed Pay Ahead of Possible Shutdown

Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., has introduced S.861 that would ensure (in event of a shutdown on 4/28) feds would be given back pay once the govt reopens.

04/07/2017 govexec.comRead More
Stop Wasteful Federal Bonuses Act

Being Re-Introduced - 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. Bill on Heller's website

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
S.160 HUD Inspection Process and Enforcement Reform Act of 2017
Sen. Rubio (R-FL)

Bill to reform inspection process and also gives HUD Secretary authority TO REMOVE HUD employee if misconduct or performance warrants such action.

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

VA is working with both the House and Senate in drafting an accountability bill. The measure would make it certain that any employee not fit for the VA would no longer work for it.

02/23/2017 govexec.comRead 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
H.R. 559 (MERIT Act)

Modern Employment Reform Improvement and Transformation Act
Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-GA)

Empower 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.

01/13/2017 congress.govRead More
H.R. 6278 Promote Accountability and Government Efficiency Act

Rep Rokita (R-IN)
The bill changes the 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
H.R.5202

Preserving HUD MF Field Offices Act of 2016
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

Senate Dems Introduce Bill

Protects Fed Pay Ahead of Shutdown

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



Congress is back in session-you help is needed!

April 25 - Congress is back in session this week and they will immediately commence debating funding levels for the 2017 and 2018 federal budgets which will have a serious impact on federal workers.
- Please have your members call 1-844-669-5146 and tell their lawmaker: Fund the government at current levels AND oppose a government shutdown.
- Here is the AFGE National Federal Budget talking points for you to use when meeting in-person with your Senators and Representatives (To find the local office for a Representative click here and to find the local office for a Senators click here).

"Hello, my name is _____, and I'm a member of the American Federation of Government Employees from [Your City, State]. Please tell the Representative to vote NO on H.R. 1364, and vote NO on H.R. 1461. These bills do nothing to improve government. They simply attack my rights at work and my ability to provide quality service for the people I'm proud to serve. Thank you."

In addition, AFGE President J. David Cox asked members to not only call their Representatives D.C. Office and local District office, but to also visit them in-person and ask them to vote NO on H.R. 1364 and H.R. 1461. Please remember, AFGE National has advised that in-person Congressional visits should not be done on Agency or Union Official Time. For more information on these two terrible bills, 1364 and 1461 fact sheet. AFGE has set up two Union Rights Hotlines, one automatically connects members to their Representatives D.C. office and the other automatically connects members to their Representatives local District office. The numbers are:
D.C. Office: 1-855-976-5397
Local District Office: 1-855-974-4792

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

OPM Tells Agencies How To Get Ready for Workforce Reorganization, Furloughs

03/24/2017 - The Office of Personnel Management is telling agencies how to prepare for an upcoming government reorganization. Agency heads are receiving new guidelines for workforce reshaping, as well as an update to OPM’s guidance for issuing and implementing administrative furloughs. The workforce reshaping guide, describes in great detail how agency leaders should “develop, review, analyze and prioritize mission requirements.” read entire article

Phone Scam Targets Annuitants

03/15/2017 - OPM.gov blog: Be on the Alert for an aggressive phone scam that targets Federal annuitants: The scammer claims to be an OPM employee. The scammer threatens to end the annuitant’s retirement, threatens that a “magistrate” will criminally prosecute, and demands an immediate payment. This is a government imposter scam – Do not send money. Any communication of this type is NOT from an OPM official. OPM will not make such calls. Scams like this one are carried out by skilled imposters, who may sound convincing. They may use real names and titles – and they may know a lot about their targets, including personally identifiable information. The scammers may alter the caller ID to make it look like OPM is calling. Scammers may also attempt to use email to “phish” for more information. Finally, these imposters may leave an “urgent” callback request. Read entire article

View Legislation That Affects You In The Above 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