USW Working to Redefine Role in Rubber Sector

Marc J. Bloch was recently interviewed by reporter Bruce Meyer, for an article which appeared in Rubber & Plastics News. In this piece, titled, "USW Working to Redefine Role in Rubber Sector," Marc opined that labor unions in mature industries, such as rubber and steel, will have a difficult time remaining relevant in the coming years. Among other thoughts, Marc asserted that, "It's a tough fight for the union. They don't have the leverage any more." [More]

THE NLRB REDEFINES THE JOINT EMPLOYER DOCTRINE

On August 27th, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) dramatically reinterpreted the "joint-employer" doctrine. Under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), "joint employers" are two separate employers that both control the terms and conditions of shared employees-shared in the sense that the employees are employed by an entity that provides temporary labor to work for another employer or with whom that employer subcontracts. Previously, the NLRB's definition of "joint employer" required both employers to have direct and immediate control over the employee(s) in question. The NLRB has expanded the definition to include any employer that has the right of "actual control whether direct or indirect." [More]

Are we witnessing a new era or final demise of unions?

With the number of union workers at an all-time low in this country, it should really come as no surprise that unions have resorted to more drastic, unconventional methods of recruitment. The use of worker centers to help recruit traditionally unorganized sectors of the workforce has caught the attention of not only the media, but also business leaders and even politicians across the country. [More]