WASHINGTON – American Federation of Government Employees National President Everett Kelley issued the following statement following passage Tuesday night of House Resolution 915, which grants House congressional staff on Capitol Hill the right to organize and bargain collectively:
“Just three months after announcing their efforts to organize a union, House congressional staff have won an historic vote by the U.S. House that grants them the right to form a union and bargain over working conditions.
“With this impressive victory, House staff join a growing list of working people in the public and private sectors who are using their collective voices to fight for a seat at the decision-making table.
“While there is much work to do before House staff can begin reaping the benefits of unionization, this is a historic achievement that paves the way for House staff to begin that process. On behalf of the 700,000 federal and D.C. government workers that AFGE represents, I welcome House staff to the labor family.”