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CWA Statement on NLRB Browning-Ferris Decision

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Washington, DC – The Communications Workers of America (CWA) issued this statement regarding the National Labor Relation Board’s ruling in Browning-Ferris Industries:

“For too long, US employers have used temporary and contract employees to evade their responsibilities to workers and to purposely block workers from organizing and bargaining collectively.

We agree with the National Labor Relations Board that ‘it is not the goal of joint-employer law to guarantee the freedom of employers to insulate themselves from their legal responsibility to workers, while maintaining control of the workplace,’ and we welcome this decision.

The NLRB took into account a broad range of factors that helps determine whether two companies qualify as joint employers. This standard and definition will make it easier to hold corporations accountable and responsible for the labor practices of their subcontractors and franchisees."

Contact: Candice Johnson, CWA Communications, 202-434-1168,