June 29, AFGE.org – The Trump administration is working behind the scenes to advance its plan to merge the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) with the General Services Administration (GSA) and transfer important political decision-making functions to the White House, a step that would politicize federal personnel and reintroduce the prey system, in which hiring, firing and compensation decisions are based on political ties. Not deserved. Last year, the administration proposed merging OPM with GSA, the agency that leases real estate and buys provisions for federal authorities. Congress expressly prohibited them from moving forward. To circumvent the law, the administration is superimposing itself on OPM with other agencies – in particular the GSA, by having OPM conclude inter-institutional agreements with these agencies on the provision of services such as financial management, information technology, facility management and even budgeting. AFGE is working to obtain a language in the fundraising process that would prevent the administration from moving forward. Read the article On June 14, the department issued a notice to the American Federation of Government Employees 222, which represents HUD employees, that it wanted to remove AFGE`s conventional workers` right to HUD offices, phones, computers and other agency real estate by July 15. The proposal must cause the department to limit official time, in accordance with President Trump`s latest order, and give the union 15 days to negotiate, or the deportation will progress, he said. Any changes to the collective agreement regarding the union use of office space and other resources should take place during the next full CBA negotiation, Salamido said, adding that a “sarcastic” email from HUD Director of Labor and Labor Relations Joseph Sullivan suggests that the step for parallel negotiations was not made in good faith. Council 222 and HUD renegotiated our futures contract.
We have not been able to agree on a number of articles that are now available to the FSIP. Council 222 and HUD have both provided arguments to FSIP in favour of their positions and are now awaiting the FSIP`s decision on the obligation of language. “We cannot be forced to negotiate issues that are not currently covered by the CBA,” Salamido said. “The law states that if you have a CBA, everything that is already covered in the agreement is called permissive negotiation and we can refuse to engage,” she said. “[There are] federal statutes established in the federal Labor Relations Authority`s decisions that state that if a case is already covered, changes can only be made if both parties agree.” But union officials said efforts were running against both the 1978 Civil Service Reform Act and the executive order of HUD officials, which are used to justify expulsion. The executive order states that they “do not remove a collective agreement [already] in force” and Holly Salamido, president of AFGE HUD Council, states that unions are not required to renegotiate the existing provisions of the CBA outside of full-term negotiations. Late on the night of March 18, a full week after the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic and days after President Trump declared a national state of emergency, HUD emailed staff to announce mandatory telework for almost all employees. The FSIP, which is part of the Federal Industrial Relations Agency, resolves deadlocks in contract negotiations between agencies and unions. FSIP may impose binding contractual conditions on federal authorities and trade unions. All FSIP members are appointed by the President.
August 31, Washingtonpost.com – Starting in mid-September, the U.S. government will introduce a tax reprieve on the wages of approximately 1.3 million federal employees, which could force these workers to take a temporary financial boost, now that they will have to pay back next year.