Success: Fast-Food Unions Supported by Labor Board Ruling

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Target: National Labor Relations Board, comprised of Mark Gaston Pearce, Kent Y. Hirozawa, Philip A. Miscimarra, Harry I. Johnson, III, and Lauren McFerran

Goal: Praise continued support for fast-food unions that fight for workers’ rights and better working conditions.

Thanks in part to petitions like ForceChange’s Support Striking Fast-Food Workers in New York, a ruling that would make it easier for unions to negotiate on behalf of workers at fast-food chains and other companies relying on contractors and franchisees has been passed by the National Labor Relations Board.

The board also changed the outdated definition of a certain employer-employee relationship, so that now a company that hires a contractor to staff its workplace could be considered a joint employer of the employees at that workplace, despite if the company does not actively supervise them.

This means under federal labor law, a union representing the employees in that workplace would be legally entitled to negotiate with both the company and the contractor. Just like with any system, there have to be checks and balances of power to ensure employees are not being exploited and are being treated fairly. Praise the National Labor Relations Board for this ruling that supports fast-food workers and unions.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Members of the National Labor Relations Board,

Thank you for continuing to support fast-food unions like with your recent ruling that makes it easier for unions to negotiate on behalf of workers at fast-food chains and other companies. The purpose of the board is to protect employees’ right to unionize, and you have continued to do just that and listen to the American people on what they need in the workplace.

It’s vital that we ensure employees are receiving the rights they deserve and are working in a fair workplace. I would like to praise the National Labor Relations Board for this ruling that supports fast-food workers and unions, and I hope it continues this support in the future.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: George Kelly

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