By Bob Katzen

The House 9-149, rejected a proposed House rule that would give employees of the House of Representatives the right to form and organize into a union and benefit from collective bargaining.

Supporters said currently the 480 House employees are prohibited from forming a union. They noted these hardworking, mostly young employees should have the same rights to form a union as do hundreds of thousands of other state workers. They noted there is no one to protect these workers when harassment and mistreatment issues arise.

Some opponents said the workers could initiate and fight for a union if they wanted one. Others said the proposal should be filed as a bill and have a public hearing and a very open process and not be rushed through with no transparency and adopted as a House rule.

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