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Mon Jun 18, 2018, 03:50 PM

HUD Moves to Evict Union from Federal Office Space

Source: Government Exec Magazine

Officials at the Housing and Urban Development Department told federal employee unions last week that they must vacate government-provided office space by mid-July, a move that union officials say is an attempt to undermine collective bargaining negotiations.

On June 14, the department issued a notice to the American Federation of Government Employees Council 222, which represents HUD employees, that it wishes to remove from AFGE’s existing collective bargaining agreement union employees’ right to HUD office space, phones, computers and other agency property by July 15. The proposal is intended to bring the department into compliance with President Trump’s recent executive order curbing official time, and it gives the union 15 days to demand to bargain, otherwise the eviction will move forward, the notice said.

But union officials said the effort runs afoul of both the 1978 Civil Service Reform Act and the executive order HUD officials cited as justification for the eviction. The executive order states that it does not “abrogate any collective bargaining agreement [already] in effect,” and Holly Salamido, president of the AFGE HUD council, said unions are not required to renegotiate existing CBA provisions outside of full term negotiations.

“We can only be required to engage in mid-term bargaining on matters not currently covered by the CBA,” Salamido said. “The law says that when you have a CBA in place, to reopen anything already covered in the agreement is called permissive bargaining, and we can decline to engage,” she said. “[There’s] federal law laid out in Federal Labor Relations Authority decisions saying that if a matter is already covered, you can only make changes if both parties agree.”

Read more: https://www.govexec.com/management/2018/06/hud-moves-evict-union-federal-office-space/149077/



Well, there you have it.

Trump's Department of Housing and Urban Development, under Ben Carson, has a new mission.

Break 40 years of established Federal Employee Labor Law, in order to begin EVICTIONS of Union members office space in HUD Headquarters.

Talk about irony...

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Response to James48 (Original post)

Mon Jun 18, 2018, 03:52 PM

1. Gee, I wonder how trump's supreme court will rule on this fight?

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Response to James48 (Original post)

Mon Jun 18, 2018, 04:17 PM

2. Systematic dismantlement of the federal government

per Bannon's "deconstruction" mantra.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Reply #2)

Mon Jun 18, 2018, 04:47 PM

3. Mgmt has always made it hard on its federal employee unions

When I was at DoD, the union office was a small room in the basement, probably about the worst office space the command could offer.

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Response to DeminPennswoods (Reply #3)

Mon Jun 18, 2018, 05:03 PM

4. I used to be AFGE local VP & later President back early in my fed career

We never had any space allotted at all and it was usually a major hassle to hold meetings.

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