After the Department of Defence, now it’s the turn of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to reduce the number of furlough days for its employees.
It was announced on Friday afternoon by the HUD spokesperson that the number of furlough days would be reduced to five from the present seven. DOD had cut its number of furlough days from 11 to six, which had earlier been 14 and before that 22.
Deputy Secretary, Maurice Jones said, “When HUD announced its intent to impose up to seven furlough days to help close the budget gap caused by government-wide automatic spending cuts that took effect on March 1, 2013, senior leadership pledged to do everything possible to minimize the personal impact on HUD’s employees.”
After the decision of reducing the furlough days for the HUD employees, it is a relief for around 9,000 employees who had to face five days of unpaid leave since May 24th.
A message containing the information about the labour organization working with HUD officials in an effort to reduce the number of furlough days had been sent to the union members by Eddie Eitches, who is the president of the American Federation of Government Employees Local Council 222. This organization represents the HUD workers.
The message stated that Eitches had been constantly meeting and trying to reach a settlement. The Union’s proposition was to eliminate the last two furlough days, August 16 and August 30.
Unlike the decision of DOD, this is not a top down reduction in the number of furlough days but rather a negotiation between the union and HUD leadership.