Published: March 2022

Advocates support Hill staffers’ effort to organize

Coalition advocates express support for congressional staffers who have begun a campaign to unionize lawmaker offices and committees. Besieged with long hours, measly pay and demanding bosses, congressional employees are hoping for better outcomes if they organize and bargain collectively.

Consumer Action joined dozens of coalition organizations in supporting the efforts of Capitol Hill congressional staffers to unionize. Congressional workers can make as little as $29,000 a year; staffers have also cited concerns about sexual harassment, inadequate COVID-19 safety protocols, and insufficient security after the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, leaving many vulnerable to violent attacks.

Lead Organization

Demand Progress

Other Organizations

Action Center on Race and the Economy | Advocates for Youth | American Economic Liberties Project | American Federation of Teachers (AFT) | Amnesty International, USA | Anacaona LLC | Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, AFL-CIO | Association of Flight Attendants - CWA | Autistic People of Color Fund | Autistic Women and Nonbinary Network | Azul | Bend the Arc: Jewish Action | Border Network for Human Rights | Center for Disability Rights | Center for Economic and Policy Research | Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) | Center for LGBTQ Economic Advancement and Research (CLEAR) | Charlottesville | Democratic Socialists of America | Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) | Clearinghouse on Women’s Issues | Coalition on Human Needs | | Consumer Action | DC Jobs with Justice | Defending Rights and Dissent | Demand Progress | Economic Policy Institute | Feminist Majority Foundation | Fight for the Future | Free Government Information | Free Press Action | Friends of the Earth | | Greenpeace USA | Indivisible | International Union of Painters and Allied Trades | Justice Democrats | Justice Strategies | Local Progress | Movement Labs | MoveOn | National Center for Transgender Equality | National Employment Law Project | National Immigration Law Center | National Partnership for Women and Families | National Security Counselors | National Women’s Law Center | Network Lobby for Catholic Social Justice | Nonprofit Professional Employees Union, IFPTE Local 70 | Ohio Immigrant Alliance | Our Revolution | Oxfam America | Oxfam America Bargaining Unit of SEIU Local 500 | Pay Our Interns | People’s Parity Project | Progressive Change Campaign Committee | Public Citizen | R2H Action [Right to Health] | Rebuilding Independence My Style | Revolving Door Project | | Service Employees International Union (SEIU) | Sierra Club | Social Security Works | Sojourners | Sunrise Movement | The Digital Democracy Project | The Frontline | The Workers Circle | Transport Workers Union of America | Treatment Action Group | Unemployed Workers United | United Steelworkers (USW) | URGE: Unite for Reproductive and Gender Equity | Washington Association of Head Start and ECEAP | Win Without War | Wind of the Spirit Immigrant Resource Center | Workplace Fairness

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