ViDEO: More “Hope and Change” from Obama Bureaucracy. NLRB Changes Meaning of Word “Employer”

You know how liberals like to redefine words, right? This time they are changing the meaning of the world “employer.”

From The Hill:

The Obama administration is redefining what it means to be an employer.

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on Thursday handed down one of its biggest decisions of President Obama’s tenure, ruling that companies can be held responsible for labor violations committed by their contractors.

While the ruling from the independent agency specifically deals with the waste management firm Browning-Ferris, the so-called “joint employer” decision could have broad repercussions for the business world, particularly for franchise companies. …

The NLRB ruling is a sharp departure from previous decisions that stated companies were only responsible for employees who were under their direct control. Without the power to set hours, wages or job responsibilities, the earlier rulings held, companies could not be held responsible for the labor practices of the contractors.

But the National Labor Relations Board charted a new course Thursday, saying the old standard is “increasingly out of step with changing economic circumstances.”

Labor unions cheered the decision, saying it will help vulnerable workers challenge unresponsive employers.  (emphasis mine)

Unions are desperate to get new members and this ruling is a gift to labor unions like the SEIU.

This ruling is another example of the Obama Regime’s out of control bureaucracy’s throwing a wet blanket on our economy. No wonder we’re living in the “new normal” of anemic economic growth.

The employees of subcontractors are now the employees of the contractor. The employees of franchisees, for example, a McDonald’s, are now the “employees” of the corporation.

Note to “Fight for 15” morons: I’ll speak slowly so you can understand. You aren’t getting a raise. Your boss is getting a lot of new tablets.


  1. Another act of transformation that helps no one except the bureaucrats and their lawyers.

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