Why This Project Exists
This started out of frustration with hypocrisy.
As former staffers ourselves, we've helped members praise unions. Many Senators love to talk about how much they support union organizing, it's good politics and is the right thing to do. But actions speak higher than words and when it comes to their offices, members often choose the cowardly path.
Members like to talk a big game when it comes to labor organizing but when it affects them personally, they go the opposite direction.
Every single Senator needs to make clear that they support labor organizing not just in the abstract, but in reality. We are aware of the Senate rules and their limits but voluntary recognition of a labor union IS possible. Furthermore, it is telling that there has yet to be a single piece of legislation introduced in the Senate giving staffers the right to unionize. We want to see legislation introduced and we want every single Senator who has waxed and waned about the importance of labor to show they mean what they say.
The goal of the Senate Union Tracker is to make sure that every single Senator is on the record about where they stand. Senators might be against labor organizing when the chips are down but they no longer can hide it from the public. Every single Senator will be tracked to see if they support staff unions within their own office from here on out.