Congress

The Congressional Workers Union has labored behind the scenes for months to jump-start the unionization process among House offices. And they’re not alone.

The resolution codifies House employees’ right to organize and bargain collectively, including aides in personal offices, district offices and committee staff. | J. Scott Applewhite/ AP Photo

The House voted Tuesday to allow close to 10,000 of its employees to bargain collectively and form unions, the biggest expansion of congressional staffer rights in three decades.

The move comes amid a swelling tidal wave of grievances from staff, along with efforts by leadership and lawmakers to stem burnout and brain drain among employees who serve vital roles in the legislative branch, including serving constituents, conducting oversight of federal agencies and drafting legislation.

The resolution codifies House employees’ right to organize and bargain collectively, including aides in personal offices, district offices and committee staff. The measure expands rights already given to other workers in the Legislative Branch, including Capitol Police, the Library of Congress and professional tour guides.

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