Workers will now be able to unionize more easily. Today, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) expanded the joint-employer standard.
The new standard specifically targets companies that provide contract workers, the upstream company, as joint-employers along with the company that hires and supervises the contract workers. Likewise, the new standard is expected to help workers in franchise businesses, like fast-food restaurants and hotel chains, to more freely organize unions.
Why is Thursday’s ruling bad news for McDonald’s? “If a fast-food brand or a hotel chain can be deemed a ‘joint employer’ along with the smaller company, it can be dragged into labor disputes and negotiations that it conveniently wouldn’t have to worry about otherwise,” one journalist explained. (Photo: Fibonacci Blue/flickr/cc)
In what is being described as “one of the biggest labor decisions of the Obama administration,” the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on Thursday expanded its “joint-employer” standard, paving the way for unions to organize on a much broader scale—and striking fear into the hearts of corporations that have used previous labor laws to shift workplace responsibilities elsewhere. ~ Deirdre Fulton, Common Dreams