NLRB’s Radical Joint Employer Rule Will Destroy Economic Prosperity and Limit Entrepreneurial Opportunity
Washington, DC – On December 7, the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace filed comments in response to the NLRB’s notice of proposed rulemaking altering the joint employer standard under the NLRA. As our comments explain, the proposed rule will undermine collective bargaining and destabilize labor relations, is arbitrary and capricious, and diverges from the common law. It ignores federal law, Congressional intent, and court precedent and, in doing so, threatens existing economic relationships and future opportunities for millions of entrepreneurs.
The following statement can be attributed to CDW Chair Kristen Swearingen:
“The joint employer standard created by this rule won’t help ensure workers can collectively bargain with the appropriate employers but will actually force businesses to the negotiating table that have no involvement in the workers’ terms and conditions of employment. The standard calls into question routine contractual terms, like quality control standards, workplace safety requirements, or hours of operation, and decimates businesses’ corporate social responsibility initiatives to the detriment of their workers, their consumers, and their communities.
“This radical proposal will destabilize labor relations and potentially destroy business models that have furthered the nation’s economic progress, created entrepreneurial opportunities for Americans nationwide, and provided millions of jobs to the nation’s workforce.
“The Board is once again pursuing extreme policies to further a radical agenda rather than trying to fulfill their statutory obligations to act as a neutral arbiter of the law and stabilize labor relations. This is simply bad policy that will achieve bad results. The Board should abandon this rulemaking in its entirety.”