NLRB Rules that Unions can represent Temp Agency Workers

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In a historic ruling, the NLRB has decided 3-1 that unions should be allowed to represent those working temp agency jobs. The  decision reversed a Bush-era precedent that stated that temp workers could not organize with company employees without consent of  both the company and the staffing agency.  Now, both permanent workers and those working through a temp agency can collectively bargain in the same unit and form a community of like-minded workers. This ruling allows temp agency workers to more effectively negotiate with management and will stop private companies from skirting labor laws by using temp workers instead of paying fair wages and benefits.

This also relates back to the IBEW Constitution. One of the main objectives that the IBEW fights for in its constitution is representation for ALL workers in the electrical trade, not just those that apply here or are members. Now that those working through temp agencies can organize into a union to bargain and win the benefits and wages they truly deserve, they also can create a beneficial relationship between management and worker. ALL workers deserve representation.

 

Read more:

 http://inthesetimes.com/working/entry/19287/temp_workers_win_big_in_new_nlrb_ruling