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How to Make Congress Worse

Rep. Andy Levin holds a information convention on the congressional staffers proper to arrange a union in Washington D.C, May 11.


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Americans don’t like Congress, for a lot of apparent causes, and this week the obtained one other one because the House voted to permit its employees to be represented by a union.

The House voted 217-202 on Tuesday on a decision sponsored by Michigan Rep.

Andy Levin

to permit collective bargaining. Congress has lengthy rejected this concept, however progressives contemplate it a part of their “equity” agenda.

The union push was fueled this yr by an nameless Instagram account entitled “Dear White Staffers,” that includes complaints about discrimination, pay and dealing situations. A bunch calling itself the Congressional Workers Union stepped as much as promote the drive—although its members insist on anonymity.

The Levin decision authorizes a broad proper to arrange, whereas dodging questions of how this may work in follow. The House has 435 places of work with 9,100 staffers, or a median of 21 staff per Member. Each workplace would wish to carry its personal union vote amid fast worker turnover. Most Republican places of work will take a cross, and even Democratic places of work could vote no—resulting in a patchwork of labor guidelines throughout the Capitol.

Will a bargaining unit embody all staffers for every Member, or will staff in house state places of work get to kind their very own? Will places of work rise up unions from scratch or be part of one of many 100 different unions at the moment representing federal staff? Should senior employees be in the identical union as junior staff, and who decides who’s senior? Federal regulation prohibits staff in “management” or “supervisory” roles from collectively bargaining.

Staff are supposed to advertise the agenda of Members, however unionization might put them in labor-management battle. With their entry to confidential legislative info, staffers working a union agenda might even have leverage over elected representatives. Get prepared for unfair-labor complaints that can change into political weapons.

Congress has an issue with employees turnover, since pay has failed over the previous 20 years to maintain tempo with inflation. But Congress’s March omnibus included a 21% enhance for Member’s workplace budgets. Most Representatives supposed to plow that into higher compensation even earlier than Speaker

Nancy Pelosi

final week introduced a minimal pay threshold of $45,000 a yr for employees, and a better cap ($203,700) for max annual pay.

Each home of Congress units its personal guidelines, so the House vote this week doesn’t apply to the Senate, the place it possible wouldn’t cross in any case. Republicans will most likely repeal the decision in the event that they retake the House in November. But as a substitute of unionization, how about this: Fire about half the employees however pay the remaining higher. Congress would possibly entice higher individuals who keep some time slightly than depart as quickly as they will for Okay Street riches.

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