Government labor board proposes rolling back a rule that made union organizing easier

Mitchell Hartman Sep 14, 2018
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Government labor board proposes rolling back a rule that made union organizing easier

Mitchell Hartman Sep 14, 2018
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The National Labor Relations Board has moved to roll back a rule that made union organizing a bit easier. The “joint employer” rule from the Obama era opened the way for workers at franchises, temp agencies and sub-contractors to bring the big companies at the top of the supply chain into their labor disputes. So, you could sue a big fast-food chain accused of blocking worker rights at its franchises, for instance, because the big company had some control over working conditions, scheduling, or union organizing activities. Now, the NLRB is proposing a new rule that’s more favorable to those big parent companies and the smaller companies that work for them. There’s a 60-day public comment period on the proposed rule.

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