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The National Labor Relations Board made news (and made big businesses sad) last week with its ruling in the Browning-Ferris Industries case, which has to do with joint-employer status. In this decision, seen as a win for worker organizations, the Board ruled 3-2 to revise its definition of a joint employer to include many business owners who get their workers through a temp agency or subcontractor. To explain what this all means, for temp workers, their employers, McDonald’s employees and other franchise workers, we talk to Larry Engelstein, executive vice president and director of collective bargaining and employer relations at SEIU 32BJ.
We also hear from Rasheen Aldridge, St. Louis organizer and Ferguson commission member, on St. Louis’s move to raise the minimum wage, and look at strikes in India, the recent big win for home care workers’ rights, and a hunger strike to save a Chicago school.
Dyett hunger strikers taking their fight to Education Secretary Arne Duncan (Chicago Sun-Times)
Michelle: Home Healthcare Workers Haven’t Qualified for Minimum Wage for 80 Years. Now They Do. (The Nation)
St. Louis Leaders Agree to Minimum Wage Increase to $11/hour (Associated Press)
Commuters hit hard by trade unions’ strike (Times of India)
Michelle: This Labor Ruling Could Give a Big Boost to the Fight For 15 (The Nation)
Sarah: Forever Temp? (In These Times)
Michelle: Temp Nation: How Corporations Are Evading Accountability, at Workers’ Expense (The Nation)
Argh, I Wish I’d Written That!
Sarah: Sukjong Hong, ‘This only happened because people organized.’ Nail salon workers speak out after NYT exposé (Fusion)
Michelle: Colleen Kimmett, 10 Years After Katrina, New Orleans’ All-Charter School System Has Proven a Failure (In These Times)