Posts tagged Ilhan Omar

    Rep. Kevin Kiley Fights for Freelancers Against Julie Su Nom in First Workforce Protection Subcomittee Hearing

    April 21, 2023 // Through the PRO Act, DOL rulemaking, and installing those who will do their bidding atop federal government agencies, the establishment Democratic Party, in lockstep with the Big Labor lobby hopes to force tens of millions of Americans out of freelancing and independent contracting and into “employee” status, which would allow the unions to focus on organizing new sectors in the face of dwindling membership. Rep. Kiley has fought against these efforts every step of the way, first in the California State Assembly and now in Congress, and called the hearing to highlight just how destructive the Biden/Su agenda will be to all Americans, and not just Californians, and has called Su “the architect and lead enforcer of AB-5.”

    What’s next for staffer unions on the Hill?

    November 1, 2022 // Staff for another five members — all Democrats — have filed petitions with the Office of Congressional Workplace Rights to hold elections. Since the initial eight offices filed petitions when they were first allowed to in July, only two more have done so — staff for Reps. Dina Titus of Nevada and Sean Casten of Illinois. If all form unions, around 100 House staffers out of 9,100 will be represented by the Congressional Workers Union.

    Rep. Omar Statement on Unanimous Staff Unionization Vote

    October 3, 2022 // Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) released the following statement after workers in her office unanimously voted to form a union. Rep. Omar's office became one of the first to unionize, along with workers in the offices of Rep. Andy Levin and Rep. Ro Khanna. “As a former union member myself and someone who represents a union district in Minnesota, I am deeply proud of my staff for making their collective voices heard and voting to unionize," Rep. Omar said. “Unions are the bedrock of the middle class. The labor movement helped get us the 40 hour work week, the weekend, and child labor laws. Every single worker deserves a union to represent them and fight for their wages, benefits, and basic workplace protections. It is long past time the United States Congress became a unionized workplace, and that includes my own staff. I am proud of all the people on my team who have played a leading role in the staff unionization effort. Solidarity forever.”

    Unanswered questions surround unionizing effort by congressional staffers

    July 26, 2022 // For starters, congressional offices have different budgets from which to draw salaries for staff — and those amounts are fixed once decided annually. That makes bargaining across multiple personal member offices difficult, as even ideologically aligned members of Congress may have differences in their personnel budget and staffing structure. Rep. Barry Loudermilk, House Compensation and Diversity Study, Census Bureau, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Rep. Ilhan Omar Joins Teachers In Support Of Their Union Negotiations

    February 14, 2022 // Educators in both St. Paul and Minneapolis will vote this coming week whether to authorize a strike. Teachers say the offers from their districts make them feel undervalued after two years of pandemic teaching. They want to see more staff and smaller class sizes, along with fair and honest wages.

    Congressional Staffers Unionize After Viral Instagram Account Exposes Poor Working Conditions

    February 4, 2022 // “While not all offices and committees face the same working conditions, we strongly believe that to better serve our constituents will require meaningful changes to improve retention, equity, diversity and inclusion on Capitol Hill,” the union said in a statement. “That starts with having a voice in the workplace.”