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Congressional Staff Start Petitions to Form Union at Capitol (2)

Feb. 5, 2022, 2:01 AM

Some members of congressional staff have started petitions to form a union, extending an unprecedented wave of organizing among U.S. political workers.

Legislative employees want collective bargaining power to negotiate over issues including diversity, Covid-19 safety and sexual harassment protections, and stagnant pay that can be as low as $29,000 a year, according to members of the organizing committee of the fledgling Congressional Workers Union.

The group, whose members requested anonymity because they lack legal protections to organize, has been organizing confidentially for a year, and is now working to sign up majorities of staff working with certain members of ...