Arsenal Bolt: Quick updates on the news stories we’re following.
Vitally important National Labor Relations Board ruling last week — “NLRB ruling could be boost for contract and franchise employees” (Minneapolis Star Tribune):
The National Labor Relations Board on Thursday expanded its joint-employer standard, potentially making it easier for unions to organize employees of franchisees and subcontractors by dragging large corporations to the bargaining table.
The new standard is also significant because corporations could now be held legally liable for workers if franchisees or subcontractors violate labor law.
In a 3-2 decision, the five-member board said that the old standard no longer kept pace with the current workforce where the diversity of workplace arrangements has significantly expanded. For example, in 2014, 2.87 million workers were employed through temporary agencies, more than double from the 1.1 million in 1990.
Much more analysis on this is coming in tomorrow’s episode of the Arsenal For Democracy radio show.