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Labor Board Lets Workers Confront the Big Boys

The National Labor Relations Board's (NLRB) ruling in a recent case could have major implications on the relationship between general contractors and franchisors in the coming future. In the Browning-Ferris case, the NLRB found that both contractors and franchisors hold dual responsibilities as "joint-employers," with both thus accountable for the working conditions of their employees. TCF fellow Moshe Marvit spoke to Al Jazeera America on the ruling:

“The Board has been out of whack with federal and state laws with respect to employment,” said attorney Moshe Marvit, fellow at the liberal think tank the Century Foundation. “The decision is influenced by other agency decisions, and OSHA (the Occupational Safety and Health Administration), for example, will follow the Board's lead.”

Learn more about the Browning-Ferris case at Al Jazeera America.

Tags: unions, nlrb, national labor relations board, mcdonalds, franchisees, al jazeera america

The NLRB and Rulemaking

Unlike regular courts, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is not required to follow precendent, and that can lead to some highly erratic and unpredictable decisions.

Tags: unions, supreme court, nlrb, labor unions, labor rights

NLRB Setback at Northwestern Shouldn’t Stop Efforts to Protect College Athletes

August 20, 2015 COMMENTARY BY: Sam Adler-Bell TOPICS: Workers & Economic Inequality, Strengthening Unions

On Monday, a National Labor Relations Board ruling sidestepped whether football players at Northwestern are employees. TCF policy associate Sam Adler-Bell examines the NLRB's inaction and explores what could happen next for collegiate athletes.

Tags: unions, student athletes, sports, nlrb, college sports

The Home Health Care Industry’s Organizing Nightmare

Although it's one of the fastest growing industries in the United States, the home health care industry's workers face serious challenges when it comes to their wages, benefits, and rights.

Tags: unions, minimum wage, labor organizing, home health

Has digital technology created a new labor movement?

Although the labor movement is slowly shrinking and has been for decades, organizers believe there may be hope in reviving it via online organizing tools. A piece from ImpactLab cites TCF president Mark Zuckerman speaking about a report released by TCF that advocates for virtual organizing tools. Zuckerman says:

“We’ve seen how technology can change an industry overnight,” said Mark Zuckerman, president of the Century Foundation and one of the report’s authors. “We’ve seen that with Uber, we’ve seen that with Amazon. Why can’t this technology that’s helping millions of people in the consumer realm be deployed to help individuals who want the choice of joining a union?”

Read the full article from ImpactLab.

Tags: wage inequality, virtual labor organizing, labor unions

Will Digital Tech Create a New Labor Movement?

In June, The Century Foundation released Virtual Labor Organizing, a report that called for a new way of organizing America's workforce in the digital age. TCF president Mark Zuckerman recently spoke with a Techonomy reporter about challenges facing modern-day unions and how technology can be used to optimize the processes involved in labor organization.

“The problem with organizing unions,” said Zuckerman, “is it’s the same way we’ve been organizing unions since the ‘30s. It’s not organic, it’s not making use of technology.”

Find out more about how technology has the potential to change the way unions are organized at Techonomy.

Tags: virtual labor organizing, unions


Workers & Economic Inequality

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