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HUD Cancels 2 Worker Furlough Days; Maurice Jones Comments

Department of Housing and Urban Development logoThe Department of Housing and Urban Development will reduce the number of furlough days for its 9,000 employees from seven to five days, Federal News Radio reported Friday.

Michael O’Connell writes the HUD and the American Federation of Government Employees National Council reached a settlement to cancel the unpaid leave days scheduled for Aug. 16 and 30.

HUD Deputy Secretary Maurice Jones said in a statement obtained by Federal News Radio the department aims to absorb $70 million in sequester cuts without the need to increase furlough days.

“The agreement itself says HUD must agree to reduce costs through all possible means and to implement cost savings to reduce the seven planned furlough days, hopefully to zero,” said Eddie Eitches, president of the AFGE Council, told Federal News Radio.

O’Connell reports the labor union will drop a grievance that claims a planned reorganization at the agency violates a memorandum of understanding related to furloughs.

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