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Breaking: NLRB says Kellogg's locked of 225 workers in Memphis is illegal, says mgmt insists on bargaining items settled in master contract
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One of the most pervasive scams that employers use to lower their workers’ wages is misclassification—that is, turning their workers into independent contractors or temps when they are actually employees. Misclassification shouldn’t be mistaken for the whim of an errant employer. On the contrary, it’s a strategy that has been used to transform entire industries. [...]

Over the past two years, however, governments have begun to crack down on misclassification.

Let's hope it is the death ...
Early this year, the city of SeaTac, Washington inaugurated the highest minimum wage in the country: $15 an hour. The law already suffered a setback when a judge ruled that airport employees—who make up the majority of the city's workforce—would not be eligible for the higher wage. Yet among the SeaTac workers who do qualify for a raise, a number have had to take the enforcement of the new standards into their own hands.

On Wednesday morning, four recently-terminated employees of Extra Car Airport Parking, a parking service that serves the Seattle-Tacoma Airport in SeaTac, rallied in front of their former workplace. The workers were joined by a group of about 30 supporters, drawing attention to the company’s alleged wrongdoings, which include shirking the new $15 wage floor and engaging in retaliatory firings against workers who have voiced complaints.

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  •  The independent contractor (0+ / 0-)

    problem is pervasive and leads to a lot of workers being left out of having any rights at all.

    We are seeing this in Chicago with cab drivers who are stuck in this limbo of being classified as independent contractors and therefore can't organize. It has been a big problem in regards to health care for these workers.

    An interesting side issue is also at barbershops and hair salons where you "rent the chair" therefore also classifying workers as independent contractors.

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