The Power of Unions in Congress: Know Your Rights

How does unionization work in Congress? What’s the history behind this congressional unionization movement? What rights will be granted to me as a congressional employee?

There’s a lot of information — and misinformation — out there. With the July 18 deadline for the Office of Congressional Workplace Rights to implement the resolution that grants House staff the right to organize quickly approaching, Demand Progress Education Fund is convening several labor experts to discuss various rights and protections offered to staff to empower congressional staff with the knowledge they need to successfully implement r unions in the House of Representatives.

Demand Progress Education Fund held a virtual briefing on Wednesday, July 13 at 11 am ET that included remarks from Representative Andy Levin and top labor experts on making unions work in Congress. Panelists helped clarify what rights and protections will be granted to congressional staffers, what will happen when staffers officially unionize their offices, and also discussed the history of the unionization movement in Congress.

Panelists included:
-Jeff Friday, general counsel at the National Federation of Federal Employees
-Kevin Mulshine, former counsel at the Office of Congressional Workplace Rights
-Yvette Piacsek, deputy general counsel at National Federation of Federal Employees, IAMAW, AFL-CIO
-Katherine Tully-McManus, Politico Huddle (moderator)
-Rep. Andy Levin, lead sponsor of the House unionization resolution (brief opening remarks)
-Taylor J. Swift, policy advisor at Demand Progress (event host)
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