House Votes Yes To Give Aides Legal Protections To Unionize

Aides of the House of Representatives will finally have the same legal protections to unionize as workers outside of Capitol Hill.

The New York Times reports:

“The House voted on Tuesday to grant its aides the legal protections to form a union, the most significant step in more than a quarter-century to ensure that the chamber’s staff members can bargain over their working conditions without fear of retaliation.

The vote came amid pressure from aides, particularly junior staff members, who have become increasingly open about their frustrations with the low pay, long hours and notoriously difficult work environment on Capitol Hill. It marks the latest move by the Democratic-controlled House to stem the exodus of career staff members leaving for higher pay and more stable jobs in the private sector and elsewhere.

And it comes amid a string of prominent unionization efforts and labor actions across the country, including among political organizations, at a time when Americans are reassessing their relationships with work.

The resolution — which covers both political and apolitical staff in the House — passed 217 to 202. It does not need Senate approval or a presidential signature to take effect, and is expected to be implemented shortly.”

For the rest of the story, visit The New York Times here.

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