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)

Striking Fear Into Corporate Hearts, Labor Board Hands Big Win to Workers (Link)

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