House Democrats Vote to Allow Staffers to Unionize; Republicans Predict Bargaining Chaos

House Democrats voted overwhelmingly to allow thousands of congressional aides working on their personal office staffs to form unions with the power to bargain collectively on their working conditions.
On a 217-202 vote on May 10, the House adopted a resolution introduced by Rep. Andy Levin (D-Mich.) to approve regulations required under the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 in order for unions representing congressional aides to be officially recognized.
The 1995 measure was part of then-Speaker Newt Gingrich’s “Contract with America” slate of proposals that helped Republicans win majorities in both the Senate and House for the first time in 40 years in the 1994 mid-term elections.

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