May 21, 2024
A House office has voted for the first time to unionize, the Congressional Workers Union announced.

A House office has voted for the first time to unionize, the Congressional Workers Union announced.

HOUSE GOP EYES TIGHTER DC CONTROL

The Washington and district offices of Rep. Andy Levin (D-MI) voted on Thursday and Friday of last week, with the workers union tabulating the results on Monday.

Neither the Congressional Workers Union nor Levin’s office responded to requests for comment from the Washington Examiner.

Levin, a member of the House Education and Labor Committee and the House Labor Caucus, spearheaded a resolution passed by the House in May to grant congressional staff the right to organize and bargain collectively.

Proponents of unionizing congressional offices celebrated the vote as a victory, but their union will be short-lived, as Levin will leave office at the end of his current term. Levin lost his member vs. member primary against Rep. Haley Stevens (D) after the state’s recent redistricting process left them in competition for the new 11th Congressional District.

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The vote comes after a viral Instagram account called “Dear White Staffers” made allegations of toxic workplace environments in congressional offices, including accusations of racial and gender-based discrimination.

Similar unionization votes are expected to be held later this week in the House offices of Reps. Ro Khanna (D-CA) and Ilhan Omar (D-MN).

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