Congressional staff is no place for a union. I’m not anti- union, far from it, but the important and sensitive – quite unique – job of supporting and advising members of Congress is not a union job.
Democrats should think twice before they rush to placate.
No doubt the job is stressful with long hours and relatively low pay for Washington, DC, but if Democrats were sincere they have the power to fix all that themselves. You don’t need a union.
What Congress is saying is that it is no better at treating its employees than the “greedy” corporation some members of Congress endlessly criticize.
House Democrats vowed to introduce a resolution in the coming days that would allow staffers working in the chamber to form a union. The announcement came amid a sudden outpouring of support, as frustration among staffers reached a fever pitch and members of Congress tuned in to long-standing complaints about inequity and pay.
In testimony submitted to the House Appropriations panel tasked with devising the fiscal 2022 package, Demand Progress Policy Director Daniel Schuman recommended appropriators require OCWR to provide a report to give clarity on Congress’ options. The committee did not ultimately include his recommendation in its final bill, he said.
“Congressional staff are essential to the success of Congress. They work to advance the public interest, often at low wages, for long hours, and in difficult circumstances,” Schuman said in a statement to CQ Roll Call Friday. “They should be afforded the protection of the laws that apply to the American people, including the right to collectively organize in support of better working conditions.”