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Aug 30, 2015

In a long awaited ruling, the National Labor Relations Board handed down a ruling that will make it easier for unions who represent workers at companies that rely on contractors or franchisees to negotiate directly with corporate. In a move that will have large ramifications in the Fight for $15 movement, changes have been made in the definition of a crucial employer-employee relationship that had held in some form since the anti-union 1980's Reagan era. Now a company that hires a contractor to work at one of their facilities will be considered a joint employer, even if they don't directly oversee all the work and the employees. This means that if employees at a fast food chain were to organize, they would automatically be entitled to negotiate with the parent company, not just the franchisee.

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