A Virginia bill that would have clarified that franchisers are not the employers of their franchisees or their franchisee’s employees fell one vote short of overcoming Governor Terry McAuliffe’s veto. The bill was a challenge to the NLRB’s 2015 Browning-Ferris decision, which held that a business may be a joint employer even where it exercises only indirect control over employees. Laws similar to the Virginia proposal have become law in Wisconsin, Texas, Louisiana, and Tennessee.
Tim Kaine’s addition to the Democratic ticket has been the source of celebration and concern for some labor groups. The concern stems from Kaine’s refusal, while Virginia’s governor, to sign a letter circulated by the AFL-CIO that urged Congress to pass card check legislation that would repeal the requirement that representation elections be conducted by secret ballot. According to an aide, Kaine had previously supported such efforts.
The AFL-CIO plans what it deems its strongest-ever ground game for the upcoming presidential election. The union intends to focus on defeating the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and says that it will remain vigilant during the post-election lame duck session. Additionally, the AFL-CIO plans to mobilize female voters between now and the November presidential election. The union has pledged to advance a “women’s economic agenda,” which includes a focus on advancing wages.
Hillary Clinton continues to rack up the endorsements of labor unions. In August, the National Air Traffic Controllers Association and the Teamsters both endorsed Secretary Clinton. The Actor’s Equity Association has also backed Clinton, marking the first time the union has endorsed a presidential candidate in its 103-year history.