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Recently, the union concluded negotiations for about 75,000 commercial cleaners on the East Coast. The New York Agreement alone includes 22,000 commercial cleaners.32 The union negotiates with an association with several employers or employer groups, and its agreements bind the signatory employers in all cities where the union has local agreements. In other words, for example, in the New York Agreement, New York employers agree to abide by the Philadelphia collective agreement when working in Philadelphia. During the last negotiations, SEIU Local won 32BJs of significant salary increases, pension improvements, new protections against sexual harassment and much more. Employers also agreed to a union recognition procedure for cleaners in Miami, which opened the door to extending collective bargaining protection to an additional 1,500 building cleaners in that city. In standard negotiations, a union will negotiate with an original employer in order to reach an agreement that will then become the model for subsequent agreements with other employers in the sector. 36. The Trump administration passed a rule in February that amounts to a narrow joint-employer standard that limits when a company can be found as a joint employer and thus shares responsibility for violating the NRA. See Celine McNicholas and Heidi Shierholz, “New Joint-Employer Rule Strips Workers of Bargaining Rights” (Statement), Economic Policy Institute, February 25, 2020. How does the narrower definition of the common employer limit collective bargaining, see Celine McNicholas and Marni de Wilpert, The Joint Employer Standard and National Labor Relations Board: What Is at Stake for Workers? Economic Policy Institute, May 2017. It is important to note that once a KNA is reached, both the employer and the union are required to abide by this agreement.
Therefore, an employer should hire a lawyer before participating in the collective bargaining process. U.S. labor law is currently structured in such a way that it significantly hinders workers and unions who wish to negotiate on a large scale with employers in their sector in order to set standards for their sector. In particular, the NRA sets up a single construction site and, at most, a single employer as a standard bargaining unit8 Workers and unions can try to win a broader bargaining unit. B for example. B a bargaining unit with several agencies of the same employer, but to do so, they must convince the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) of the adequacy of the larger unit and the support of a majority of workers within the . . .