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Old August 27th, 2015, 01:22 PM   #1
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The Labor Ruling McDonald's Has Been Dreading Just Became A Reality

The Labor Ruling McDonald's Has Been Dreading Just Became A Reality

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The National Labor Relations Board ruled on Thursday that Browning Ferris Industries, a waste management company, qualifies as a "joint employer" alongside one of its subcontractors. The decision effectively loosens the standards for who can be considered a worker's boss under labor law, and its impact will be felt in any industry that relies on franchising or outsourcing work. McDonald's, for instance, could now find itself forced to sit at the bargaining table with workers employed by a franchisee managing one of its restaurants.

That's a big deal. In the case of McDonald's, roughly 90 percent of its locations are actually run by franchisees, who are typically considered the workers' employers. One of the main reasons companies choose to franchise or to outsource work to staffing agencies is to shift workplace responsibilities onto someone else. But 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. In theory, such a precedent could even make it easier for workers to unionize as employees under the larger parent company.

The Democratic-majority board, whose members were appointed by President Barack Obama, ruled 3-2 along partisan lines, with the two Republicans dissenting.

In their decision, the Democratic members wrote that parent companies shouldn't be absolved of their obligations to workers at the bottom of the contracting chain.

"It is not the goal of joint-employer law to guarantee the freedom of employers to insulate themselves from their legal responsibility to workers, while maintaining control of the workplace," they wrote. "Such an approach has no basis in the [National Labor Relations] Act or in federal labor policy."

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Hear that? The pendulum is swinging.
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What pendulum is swinging? What do you think the ramifications are going to be?
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Old August 27th, 2015, 03:02 PM   #4
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What pendulum is swinging? What do you think the ramifications are going to be?
Respondeat superior, "let the higher power beware." The mega-wealthy parent corporation will have to kick in for workman's comp and maybe FICA, provide affordable health care, mandatory sick leave, maternity leave, mandatory federal wage and health standards. the workers will benefit, enjoy collective bargaining rights, and be able to consider a nationwide work stoppage to meet their demands.

And the cost of a Big Mac will go up a couple of bucks because the corporate giants always pass the cost onto the consumers.
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Respondeat superior, "let the higher power beware." The mega-wealthy parent corporation will have to kick in for workman's comp and maybe FICA, provide affordable health care, mandatory sick leave, maternity leave, mandatory federal wage and health standards. the workers will benefit, enjoy collective bargaining rights, and be able to consider a nationwide work stoppage to meet their demands.


I doubt this will happen.


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Respondeat superior, "let the higher power beware." The mega-wealthy parent corporation will have to kick in for workman's comp and maybe FICA, provide affordable health care, mandatory sick leave, maternity leave, mandatory federal wage and health standards. the workers will benefit, enjoy collective bargaining rights, and be able to consider a nationwide work stoppage to meet their demands.

And the cost of a Big Mac will go up a couple of bucks because the corporate giants always pass the cost onto the consumers.
I'm thinking more along the lines of legally. The NLRB does not have the authority to make law or overturn settled law or legal precedent, especially contract law or tax law.
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And the cost of a Big Mac will go up a couple of bucks because the corporate giants always pass the cost onto the consumers.
Cuban cigars are still quite expensive. Jet fuel for your private Leer is no picnic either. Have some sympathy for these boys.
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Respondeat superior, "let the higher power beware." The mega-wealthy parent corporation will have to kick in for workman's comp and maybe FICA, provide affordable health care, mandatory sick leave, maternity leave, mandatory federal wage and health standards. the workers will benefit, enjoy collective bargaining rights, and be able to consider a nationwide work stoppage to meet their demands.

And the cost of a Big Mac will go up a couple of bucks because the corporate giants always pass the cost onto the consumers.
Nah, they will eat the cost in their pay to their CEOs. The corporation is already failing. This won't hurt what has been in the works for years.
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I'm thinking more along the lines of legally. The NLRB does not have the authority to make law or overturn settled law or legal precedent, especially contract law or tax law.
Sure they do. Where do you get your information? Hitler's handbook of fascism?
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I doubt this will happen.
I was being facetious.
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