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HUD cuts furlough days

Eddie Eitches - Washington, DC Eddie Eitches, president of the American Federation of Government Employees Council 222 (Matt McClain for The Washington Post)

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is the latest federal agency to reduce the number of furlough days for its employees.

HUD announced Friday afternoon that the number of days will be reduced to five from seven. Recently, the Defense Department cut its number of furlough days from 11 to six, down from 14 and 22 before that.

“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,” said Deputy Secretary Maurice Jones. “Today,  I am pleased to announce that HUD is reducing the number of furlough days from seven to five, providing some relief to the approximately 9,000 employees who have endured five days of unpaid leave since May 24.”

Earlier this week, Eddie Eitches, president of the American Federation of Government Employees Local Council 222, which represents HUD workers, sent a message to union members that said the labor organization was working with HUD officials in an effort to reduce the number of unpaid leave days.

In the message Eitches said he had “been meeting continuously on trying to reach a settlement. … The Union proposed that the last two furlough days, August 16 and August 30, be eliminated.”

On Friday, Eitches said that “unlike DOD, this was not a top down cut in furlough days but basically a negotiation” between union and HUD leadership.

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This post has been updated.

Joe Davidson writes the Federal Diary, a column about federal government and workplace issues that celebrated its 80th birthday in November 2012. Davidson previously was an assistant city editor at The Washington Post and a Washington and foreign correspondent with The Wall Street Journal, where he covered federal agencies and political campaigns.

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