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AFL-CIO: NLRB Final Joint–Employer Rule a Long Overdue Win for Working People

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Statement from AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler on the NLRB’s final joint–employer rule:

The National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB’s) final joint–employer rule announced today is an important win for working people across this country. The point of the rule is simple—when workers negotiate for fair wages and working conditions, companies shouldn’t be able to hide behind a subcontractor or staffing agency to deny us what we’ve rightfully earned. Today, too many employers use intermediaries like staffing firms or temp agencies to evade their responsibilities under the law. This rule ensures that union members can bargain with each company that has the power to make changes in the workplace. From temporary nurses to factory workers, this rule will benefit workers in sectors across our economy.

The rule is about basic common sense. The right to collectively bargain is nonexistent if the company that has the power to change workers’ terms and conditions of employment isn’t negotiating with workers. And it is one more example of the Biden administration’s work to ensure that all workers have a seat at the table, whether we have one boss, or many.

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