American workers deserve the freedom to participate in the U.S. economy without being pressured to join a union or pay union dues. Organized labor is the antithesis of worker freedom. Right to Work Laws, which protect 166 million Americans in 27 states, are critical to ensuring workers are not forced to join a union or pay dues as a condition of their employment. OCC supports worker freedom and will warn the public about the causes and consequences of organized labor.
Additionally, independent contractors and freelancers are a vibrant and critical part of the American economy. These Americans want to be their own boss, and enjoy the flexibility of setting their own hours and adapting their workload to suit their lifestyle. OCC stands with these workers and opposes efforts that restrict their participation in our economy by forcing them into traditional employment arrangements.
Photo credit: The White House U.S. Department of Labor has released a final rule clarifying the difference between an independent contractor and a traditional employee under the Fair Standards Labor Act (FSLA). After implementation, this rule will protect freelancers by providing much-needed clarity and flexibility for American workers and businesses alike.