That Union Thing

The National Labor Relations Board has voted to adopt a more expansive definition of "joint employer."

The ruling came in a case involving recycling company Browning-Ferris industries, which uses temporary staffing agency Leadpoint to provide workers. The Board ruled that Browning-Ferris exercised sufficient control over hiring, firing, supervision, work hours, and discipline to be considered a joint employer for collective bargaining purposes.

A report by the FIU Research Institute on Social and Economic Policy concludes that pay for the top ten percent of wage earners in Florida grew 25 times faster than wages for the bottom ten percent of workers from 1980 to 2014. The report notes that many Floridians that lost high-paying jobs during the recession are now working in low-paying industries, such as retail, hospitality, and food service. The report recommends an increase in minimum wage, wage-theft-protections, on-the-job training, unionization, and pay transparency to reduce wage disparity and income inequality.


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