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ASA: NLRB Decision Unlikely to Have Significant Impact on Staffing Industry

Thursday’s U.S. National Labor Relations Board decision in Browning-Ferris may not significantly impact the use of staffing services or staffing firm-client relations, according to Stephen Dwyer, general counsel of the American Staffing Association. “Although we cannot definitively predict the long-term impact of the decision,” he said, “prior board decisions that effectively made it easier for temporary workers to unionize did not demonstrably result in increased unionization of such workers, and that largely remains the case today.”

Private sector union membership accounts for less than 7% of the workforce, and temporary help services workers make up 2% of the nonfarm workforce, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. “Relatively few temporary workers are assigned to clients with union workforces,” Dwyer said.

The decision departed from more than 30 years of legal precedent to expand the legal standard for determining joint employer status. “While the American Staffing Association supports the rights of workers to unionize under the law,” Dwyer emphasized, “in an amicus brief filed in the case, ASA argued that only Congress, not the board, has the legal authority to change the standard.” ASA will hold a special webinar for its members, with attorneys from the law firm Seyfarth Shaw LLP, to further discuss the board’s decision and its implications for the staffing industry.

Kansas City Fed: Manufacturing Activity Declined in August

Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City (08/27/15)

Manufacturing activity in the Plains states declined moderately in August, similar to the pace of the previous few months, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. Producers cited weak oil and gas activity and the stronger dollar as key reasons for the continued decrease in activity.

The month-to-month composite index was -9 in August, down from -7 in July. The production index dropped from -5 to -16, and the new orders, shipments, and order backlog indexes also declined moderately. The new orders index edged higher from -10 to -4, and the employment index rebounded slightly after falling considerably last month.

U.S. Consumer Spending Rose 0.3% in July

Wall Street Journal (08/28/15) Josh Mitchell; Kate Davidson

Consumers spent moderately in July as wages increased, signalling the presence of economic momentum. Personal spending increased 0.3% in July from a month earlier, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. Personal income rose 0.4%. Economists polled by the Wall Street Journal had forecast 0.4% growth in both spending and income.

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Welcome New ASA Members

The ASA board of directors and staff welcome the following new members, which joined during the week ending Aug. 23.

Contingent Resource Solutions LLC

Duncan, SC

MindSource Inc.

Mountain View, CA

PNC Capital LLC dba Procuretechstaff

Park Ridge, IL

ZLA Solutions Inc.

Southside, AL