Judge blocks Seattle law allowing ride-hailing divers to unionize

Miranda GreerApr 07, 2017

More than 62,000 drivers passed, including some who drive for both companies.

Most were rejected because they had suspended licenses or hadn't been driving for long enough to qualify, according to a report on the matter in The Boston Globe.

State officials announced that a MA law passed in 2016 requiring Uber and Lyft drivers to undergo more thorough background checks resulted in over 10 percent of drivers failing the examinations. "We have a chance to fix the current system in the rules process so that people who deserve to work are not denied the opportunity".

Lasnik reportedly said his hold on the law isn't indicative of how he will rule on the case, but rather it's a result of the gravity of the matter in question.

Brazil's lower house of Congress voted yesterday to give cities greater power to regulate ride-hailing app Uber and other transportation apps. The judge said it was uncertain, though, whether state law allows the city's ordinance. The fact that the National Labor Relations Act excludes independent contractors and preempts local jurisdictions from enacting labor union laws means drivers, which ride-hail companies consider small business operators rather than employees, can't join unions. Seattle's lawyers disagreed and say allowing drivers to bargain over their working conditions will make the industry safer and more reliable.

The case remains ongoing following Lasnik's preliminary ruling, Kimberly Mills, communications director for city attorney Peter Holmes, said in an April 4 statement.

City Councilman Mike O'Brien, who proposed the law, called it "completely understandable" that the judge wants to sort out the legal issues before the law moves forward. The American taxpayers should not have to subsidize my health care.

Gearhart said the union is also lobbying the city to set a minimum fare, which in turn would create a wage floor for drivers.

"I could see other airports looking at LAX. and thinking, 'Wow, we can charge these a surcharge and we're going to raise some money this way, '" said David King, a transportation and planning policy researcher at Arizona State University.

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