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Conservative, Liberal staffers want job descriptions, defined pay scales, but Conservative MPs on BOIE shoot down House proposal to help MPs better manage their offices

By Charelle Evelyn and Abbas Rana      

Conservative and Liberal staffers say they're overworked, underpaid, and some constituency office staffers say they don't feel their work is valued or adequately appreciated by MPs

Conservative House Leader Candice Bergen and Conservative Whip Mark Strahl represent the Conservative Party on the powerful House Board of Internal Economy. Both opposed a House administration proposal to help MPs better manage their offices. Among their concerns was the House administration having any hand in recruitment of employees, and losing autonomy as employers. For example, in the case of recruitment support, Mr. Strahl queried how resumés would be sourced, screened and who would determine what gets passed on to MPs looking for candidates. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Liberal and Conservative staffers working in constituency and Hill offices want a proper structure in their jobs accompanied by a defined salary scale, but Conservative members of the House of Commons Board of Internal Economy recently shot down a recommendation offered by the House administration to help MPs better manage their offices.

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