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NFFE 1450 proudly representing HUD employees in California, Nevada, Arizona &

Albuquerque (SWONAP) since October 2, 1971!

 For union assistance please contact

NFFE 1450 President Elizabeth McDargh at 213-534-2705.




HUD employees do extraordinary things every day

make sure we are here when you need us.

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Did you know that being a member of the bargaining unit is different than being a Dues Paying Union Member?

Some Federal employees think that unions must represent them whether or not they choose to join. That is not true. The law says the union’s duty to represent a non-member is limited, and that the union must only negotiate and administer collective bargaining agreements. Therefore, Dues Paying Members can be represented by the Union in, for example, EEO, MSPB and Workers Comp cases. In contrast, non-members would not be represented by the Union. Comprehensive union representation goes only to those who are union members.


Department of Labor Reports can be obtained at www.unionreports.gov





“YOU ARE AWESOME!!! You really know your stuff and that simple email made me feel so much better.”

— Anna Dennis (March 2017)


“I really have come to appreciate your leadership and the heavy lift that comes with your work on behalf of all of us. I also want to thank you for having my back on the reassignment process and of course the opportunity to work with you on the move negotiations.”

— Jay Smith (February 2017)


“The Union has been a great source of support and guidance for me.  I have the unique perspective of having held positions both inside and outside the bargaining unit; and believe me, being a union member is far less isolating when issues arise.  Employees need the representation, collective power, pride in work and fair treatment they deserve in the workplace. To have the advocacy of the Union has been invaluable in brainstorming, troubleshooting and clarifying issues that that may be embedded in legalese and LMA jargon. I’ve worked closely with Susan Sheftel, Chief Union Steward, and have observed her enviable ability to stay cool and help opposing parties reach agreement by asking both succinct and thought-provoking questions. The diligence and dedication demonstrated by her is absolutely amazing and she is a pleasure to work with. Elizabeth McDargh, Union President, is truly suited for her role.  She is not only an agent for change but also for equality and fairness within the agency. She champions the rights of NFFE members with vigor and tenacity because of her mastery of the LMA. Our agency’s success depends upon both the collective and individual innovation of our employees and our Union; within that culture it is important to be heard and the Union gives us that voice. Being a Union member is like having insurance; for some you might think you can’t afford it, but the reality is you can’t afford to not have it.”

— Anna Dennis (February 2017)


“Ken Einbinder provided compassionate and responsive representation both before and after my EPPE Pre-Planning meeting. I was particularly impressed with his calm and professional manner in discussions with [my supervisor] – always being respectful but strategically asking the most important and relevant questions when the discussion became circular and distracting. For the first time in a long while, I felt hopeful and that some self-determination was restored.”

— Pauline Louie (February 2017)


“You [Susan Sheftel] are “simply the best”.  Thank you and have a wonderful weekend!”

— Anna Dennis (February 2017)


“Thank you for the outstanding job of taking care of us. God bless!”

— Mike Lawassani (February 2017)


“Thank you, for working so hard for us yesterday! Seating is one of the hardest, most thankless jobs in negotiating, but you did it well!”

—Robin Thompson (February 2017)


“I appreciate you and the union more than you’ll ever know. ” 

— Anastasia Schmoll (January 2017)


Thank you, for all your help.  I really appreciated you stepping up to help me and telling them it was unacceptable.  You truly always put out 100%.”

— Esther Clardy (January 2017)


“NFFE’s assistance was invaluable as management took the concern seriously!”

— Stanley Toal (December 2016)


“As always, thank you so much for your outstanding leadership in expanding opportunities for us to further contribute to our communities.”

— Charlotte Grant-Cobb (November 2016)


“Thank you for the time and effort you spend to improve our work environment. You are making a difference. And it is definitely appreciated.”

— Laura Spencer (July 2016)


“Thanks again for all your support and helping me stand up. Thank you for all your support. Thank you so much for the union’s listening ear and support!”

— Mindy Louis, San Francisco (March 2016)


“Liz and Karen [McNamara], Your tireless efforts and hard work are evident. You remain a tremendous asset to the Union. A huge thank you for your dedication. I have observed change already! Kudos to you both.”

— Laura Spencer, Santa Ana (March 2016)


“Thank you and the union for all you do for us worker bees every day. I have greatly appreciated having you and Karen McNamara to turn to for correct information, and problems I have had here with HUD. It has allowed me to concentrate on my job and work rather than the nonsense that seems to permeate HUD.”

— Michelle Griffith, Santa Ana (February 2016)


“I was very grateful and satisfied with Liz McDargh’s representation in this matter. I am thankful the Union was by my side and helped me with this mediation.”
— Mary Shirley, Phoenix (February 2016)


“Thank you so much for everything you did to make this happen, Liz (McDargh), Marcell (Insua), Susan (Sheftel), and Martha (Murillo). You guys have no idea how much this means to me and I wouldn’t have been able to do it without your efforts, guidance, work, time and support. It means a lot to me. Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

— Sara Mooney, Los Angeles (January 2016)


“The NFFE team moved swiftly to get the situational resolved. Not only was it resolved but they helped navigate the correspondence by letting me know what to expect and to keep me informed of what was happening. I am satisfied with the outcome and the process. I wish I would have come to the Union sooner!” 

— Anastasia Schmoll, Los Angeles (January 2016)


“I’m extremely pleased with the union services that have been provided to all of the union members in the Los Angeles field office. Joining the NFFE 1450 was one of the best working decisions I’ve ever made.”
— Letitia Henderson, Los Angeles

“In the 11 years that I have worked here I have seen the results of the union’s participation in the decision making aspects of this establishment.”
— Rudy Laskowski, Los Angeles

“Charron: I just want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart. Today seems like a new day after a big storm that has been brewing for a long time. It’s a peaceful feeling that I have not felt in years in coming to work, especially today of not receiving unnecessary emails. Thanks for your tips in keeping guard at all times. Once again I really appreciate you coming to bat for me when I was really stressed out. Thanks for your stance against unrighteousness in this place.”
— Lance Pae, Santa Ana

“I want to take this opportunity to let you know about the great assistance that Ms. Charron Tammie Alfonso has provided for me. On May the 25th, her off day, she came to work to assist me in filling out the paperwork for my Telework request. With her assistance it was completed that day and submitted. The assistance and support I have received from you and her have been very important to me. Thank you again for your continued support!”
— Youn Davidson, Santa Ana

“You’re very good at flying the banner and letting them know the union is here.”

— Frank Caballero, Los Angeles CPD

“I am extremely pleased with the invaluable representation NFFE has offered it’s members (and non members). They are not a union in name only, NFFE walks the talk and walks along side the employee to ensure our work environment is safe, fair, and equitable. We are constantly kep abreast of important issues in our agency, government and the community. Not all unions do this for it’s members. And it’s for this reason that NFFE membership is at it’s highest compared to previous years.”
— Marie Avila, Fresno

“When I became a member of NFFE 1450 I didn’t realize that I would be joining a family. I appreciate the empathy, knowledge base, willingness to help, and passion that I have seen from our NFFE 1450 Leadership. I value the trust that our Leadership brings to the relationship – I know that I’ll hear the truth about the circumstance and be presented with possible solutions. It’s a privilege to be part of a family who is honest, proactive, and navigating.”
— Laura L. Miller-Pittman, Phoenix

“Thank you so very much for being there with me, you are all so “awesome” and people think Allstate is great, they don’t know my Union.”
—Beverly Emerson, Los Angeles MF


MORE Kudos Received

In response to finishing up contract negotiations…

“Great Accomplishment, kudos to you and your team!!!”
Sheryl Ryan Wood, Union Member

“Congratulations on the successful conclusion of the NFFE negotiations.”
Ophelia Basgal, HUD Regional Administrator

“Ricardo, congratulations on your new contract and thanks so much for your very kind words below. Your leadership along with all of our other wonderful Local 1450 negotiators made this happen using brains, great bargaining skills, tenacity, patience and sheer GRIT! As I keep telling you, YOU are now the Master, and I the Learner!! Mega awesome congratulations to you and your team!!!!
Jan Thompson, NFFE National Business Representative (aka Master Yoda)

“Been meaning to e-mail you all to say “congratulations”!!!!! Wish I could have been there to celebrate with you last week. I’m glad the teams avoided going to the FSIP. It was a great experience for me, personally and professionally. Thank you for all you taught me.”
DeDee Hankinson

“Great Job Ricardo and the negotiating team. You got some really good language in the new CBA. Nice to have Master Yoda leading the way!! She does an Awesome job!!”
Bill Fenaughty, NFFE National Secretary/Treasurer

“This is wonderful news!! I’m so sorry I was unable to be there although I clearly couldn’t have done much to make this better. George is all you say he is and more, he’s also a terrific person to work for! We have a bright future working together!!”
Kathi Oglesby

…  in response to the ‘Rate Your Boss’ survey results…

“What a great job you do for the members. Everyone was very HAPPY AND PLEASED that we finally were heard.”
Los Angeles Union Member

“I absolutely LOVED the rate your boss survey, the results are eye opening and I feel should be shared with HQ.”
Fresno Union Member

General Kudos…

“Good representation that is strong but fair…and diplomatically firm…is very hard to find, Liz. Keep up the great work. Your efforts are most appreciated.”
Dan Mooney Santa Ana Union Member

“I have been a member of NFFE for many years. Fortunately, I never had any problems within the work place, until 2009 when I had an illness, that affected my vision and muscular system, that hospitalized me for six months. Before I returned to work, management was bringing up that I should consider retiring. I did not retire and came back to work with expectations that were not necessarily reasonable. Management wrote me up with stipulation that I must perform or there would be repercussions. I deemed this a bit radical for someone who was trying to get up to speed on his health and work simultaneously. I went to my union representative Liz McDargh and she initiated a formal complaint. We were successful in getting management to understand the errors of their ways and they also purged all negative documentation from my file. Since then Liz has helped me acquire handicapped parking and get VLTP problems corrected. The power of the Union is great, but the earnest efforts of our representatives, such as Liz Mc Dargh, is greater. Liz was conscientious and diligent in her efforts to bring about a successful resolution for my family and myself. I will be eternally grateful to her.”
Julian G. Arellano, Real Estate Appraiser, Santa Ana HOC PUD

“I would like to thank Ricardo Miranda, President, NFFE-IAM Local 1450 who provided a high level of expertise and truthfulness throughout my case. Thank you for your representation and all the positive results I received. I could not be happier with the decision to have Ricardo Miranda, Union President and the Law Office of Snider and Associates, to represent me. The Union’s perseverance, tenacity, and thoroughness in the advocacy of bargaining unit employees regardless of the needed length of involvement as exampled by the outcome of my discrimination case is exemplary and admirable. Saying “Thank you, Ricardo Miranda and the Law of Office of Snider and Associates ” just seems so small for the manner in which Ricardo Miranda, with Snider & Associates took my case.”
Ms. Sayana Chhe, Los Angeles Union Member

“By the way thanks for all the information you provide us every day it really keeps us up on everything otherwise I would not realize all that the union does.”
Ms. Linda Evans, Santa Ana Union Member

“WOO HOO, I GOT THE CHECK TODAY. Thank you, thank you, thank you for all your perseverance and help.”
Marjorie Carpenter (to Steward Vicki Bouchee regarding FLSA payment)

“I would like to take this time to say THANK YOU to you all but especially [LA Steward] Mrs. Alfonso for putting her all and all into getting the Telework in place, not 1 day but 2 days. I must say our union is a caring and very inspiring and challenging group of people who do not just allow management walk over us or mistreat us. Whenever there is a problem you are willing to step up for the employee and that is what Union Support is about. These past 2 years, I do not know what I would have done without the support of you all almost losing my son, and management felt no pain in inflicting more pain when I was down. [LA POR] Rick Lombardi called and checked on me every couple of days. I would have lost everything I had including my child, and they (management) did not care. I just want to say thank you again Charron for not allowing these people do this to me again.”
Ms. Denise Allison, Los Angeles Union Member 

“First, let me say THANK YOU! I am so appreciative of your professional style, your resourcefulness, your diligent patience! This was an extremely painful past four days due to this unbelievable event. But, it would have been an INSANE and UNBEARABLE past four days had you not been monitoring your email and taken your private, off duty hours to do this. I am so grateful and want you to know how extremely grateful I am for everything you have done. I see that you are passionate for what you do… I DO appreciate you and thank you!”
Ms. Sheryl Ryan Wood, Phoenix Union Member

“Hats off to Local 1450! You all are doing a fantastic job of representing Region IX employees. Your newsletter is an excellent example of communicating Union’s message and keeping members and BUEs informed. Wonderful job!”
Ms. Janette Owens, President, NFFE Local 259

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