The NLRB is Primed to alter How Unions Organize Temporary Employees

The NLRB is Primed to alter How Unions Organize Temporary Employees

The NLRB is Primed to alter How Unions Organize Temporary Employees

Under current National Labor Relations Board rules, a union can organize a bargaining unit of temporary employees, and also the user employer’s exclusively employed regular employees, only when both employers consent. However, the Board is primed to alter this rule in Miller & Anderson, Corporation.1 On May 18, 2015, the NLRB granted overview of a Regional Director’s 2012 decision to dismiss a union election petition. By granting overview of the Regional Director’s decision, the Board seems to become near including jointly employed temporary employees in one unit with employees exclusively utilized by among the joint employers.

3 years ago, NLRB Region 5’s Regional Director ignored a petition filed by Sheet Metal Workers Worldwide Association, Local Union No. 19 to represent all sheet metal workers utilized by Miller & Anderson, Corporation. and Tradesmen Worldwide on all jobsites in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. The petition searched for to represent regular employees exclusively utilized by Miller & Anderson, temporary employees exclusively utilized by Tradesmen Worldwide, and temporary employees jointly utilized by Tradesmen Worldwide and Miller & Anderson. The Regional Director figured that under Greenhoot, Corporation., 205 NLRB 250 (1973) and Oakwood Care Center, 343 NLRB 659 (2004), the system mixing temporary employees and regular employees of the sole employer along with a joint employer is suitable only when all employers consent. Under this precedent, the Regional Director ignored the petition since the employers didn’t accept to multiemployer bargaining.

In the grant of review, the Board noted it planned to ask amicus briefs around the applicability of Oakwood Care Center.2 In Oakwood Care Center, the system of employees the union desired to represent was exclusively utilized by Oakwood or jointly utilized by Oakwood along with a staffing agency. The Board figured one of exclusively employed regular workers and jointly employed temporary workers produced a multiemployer unit.

In Miller & Anderson, the union is advocating the Board to overrule Oakwood Care Center and adopt an evaluation asking: “what jobs are being carried out and who’s the job being carried out for?” Basically, the union wants the Board revisit its formerly overturned decision in M.B. Sturgis, 331 NLRB 1298 (2000). In Sturgis, the Board discovered that the scope from the bargaining unit ought to be delineated through the work being performed for the employer. The Board reasoned one mixing temporary employees using the user’s exclusively employed regular employees could be appropriate because everything has been performed for that user employer.

In Oakwood Care Center, counting on 40-year-old precedent, the Board overturned Sturgis because its rationale brought for an unworkable system of collective bargaining. Neither Sturgis, nor the union’s suggested test, needs a finding of joint employment for the employees. Underneath the union’s suggested test, when the Board finds joint employment between your staffing company and also the user employer, even exclusively employed regular employees is going to be incorporated within the unit. This suggested rule would result in the same unworkable system the Board clearly rejected in Oakwood Care Center. Because the Board noted for the reason that situation, the “bargaining structure considered [by Sturgis] . . . brings about significant conflicts one of the various employers and categories of employees participating along the way.Inches

Joint employment is really a threshold issue. With no joint employment relationship, there’s not one unit of temporary employees and user employees. Like the Board’s method of franchise cases, the Board could use this situation to increase liability among joint employers. However, this situation reaches even more. Overturning Oakwood Care Center allows unions to arrange temporary employees, and employees not utilized by both joint employers, right into a single unit when a minimum of a few of the impacted workers are jointly employed.

The Board already loosened the joint employer test this past year in CNN America, Corporation. and Team Video Services, LLC, a situation that were pending for any decade. In CNN, the Board injected factors of indirect control in to the traditional joint employer standard.3 Before this situation, the NLRB found companies joint employers only if they shared direct and immediate control of essential conditions and terms of employment including hiring, firing, discipline, supervision and direction. In CNN, the Board discovered that the organization controlled the “hiring, supervision, and direction” from the subcontractor’s employees by setting terms in the labor deal for staffing levels, reimbursements and training costs. The Board also considered “additional factors,” including that employees labored in CNN facilities, CNN compensated for worker training and equipment, and also the employees performed work fundamentally of CNN’s business. According to these 4 elements, most found CNN and TVS joint employers. This loosened standard causes it to be simpler for unions to beat the brink test for joint employment from the temporary employees, which results in the inclusion from the exclusively employed user employees within the same unit.

This situation is yet another illustration of the way the joint employment standard impacts business relationships. If Oakwood Care Center is overturned, a threshold joint employment finding enables the union to grow the system to incorporate the consumer company’s exclusively employed regular employees. This arrangement benefits only labor organizations by growing their membership figures. Overturning Oakwood Care Center would create a system of competing interests, inside the same bargaining unit, between employers and between competing categories of employees with various conditions and terms of employment.

When the NLRB overturns Oakwood Care Center, the company will again inject itself into complex business relationships across multiple industries with no regard for that conflicting interests of employers or employees. This situation implies that the Board’s joint employer focus extends beyond franchises. Employers should stress about the Board’s ongoing efforts to try to link separate, independent companies.


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