Uber drivers in Seattle blocked from unionizing after federal judge’s temporary ruling

A federal judge temporarily blocked the city of Seattle from implementing a landmark law allowing Uber and Lyft drivers to unionize, according to the Associated Press. The ruling is a temporary reprieve for Uber, which just a few weeks ago saw its own effort to stymie the law struck down by a Washington state judge.
The law in question passed the Seattle city council in a 9-0 vote back in December 2015. The first of its kind, the law allows drivers for ride-hailing apps like Uber and Lyft to unionize and collectively bargain for better working conditions, earnings, and other benefits. The bill was a victory for labor groups like the App-Based Drivers Association, which had lobbied with the local Teamsters union on behalf of freelance drivers. [Read more here...]


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