NLRB Makes It Easier for Unions to Organize Staffing Employees

The National Labor Relations Board just made it much easier for unions to organize employees of staffing firms – sometimes called temp agencies.

It used to be that both the staffing firm and the client had to consent before a union could represent a group of employees that included both staffing firm employees and your regular employees.

However, under the NLRB’s new standard, consent isn’t required.  This means that a union can lump together staffing firm employees and regular employees, even though they are employed by different companies and viewed and treated as separate groups.

Under the NLRB’s decision, unions will also have an easier time organizing all of a staffing firm’s employees, regardless of where they work or are assigned.

As a result of the NLRB’s decision, unions will have a far easier time organizing.

So what can you do? Here are 3 steps all Companies that work with staffing firms should take in response to the NLRB’s new standard:

  1. Ask your staffing firm what steps they’re taking to improve employee satisfaction and avoid unionization, keeping in mind that the lowest cost provider may bring with it lower employee satisfaction and higher risk of unionization.
  2. Take a close look at your company’s union avoidance efforts. Make sure that you’re paying attention to all employees – both direct and those through staffing companies – and consider stepping up your union avoidance efforts by educating your team about the realities of unionization and how to spot organizing campaigns.
  3. Finally, make sure your agreement with your staffing firm includes a cooperation clause so that, if there’s an organizing campaign, you’re in the best position to work together quickly to respond.

In avoiding unions, the best defense is a good offense.  Take steps now to ensure that you – and your staffing firms – are in the best position possible to avoid union organizing efforts.

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