News roundup: Uber and more

The City Council’s vote yesterday to allow Uber and Lyft drivers to unionize continues to garner national coverage.  Plus a few other things from yesterday’s marathon Council meeting… 

Two things actually happened yesterday related to Uber/Lyft drivers unionizing: the Council voted 8-0 to allow unionization, and the Mayor decided not to sign the bill (allowing it to become law without either his signature or his veto). Both have generated significant coverage: FOX News, Consumerist, Christian Science MonitorThe Verge, Digital Trends, Washington Post, Zacks, Yahoo Finance, MyNorthwest, Daily Caller, The Province, Law 360, CNET, Seattle Times, ABC News,  Huffington Post, NPR News, The Stranger, Crosscut, Vice News, FOX Business News, Mashable, The Preface,  Raw Story, Gizmodo, SeattleGlobalist, KING 5, ZDNet, Seattle P-I, JuniorCollege, Vox, Marin Independent Journal, Inc, Investment Underground, Wall Street Journal, Skift, Daily Beast, Vator, The Street,  and dozens of smaller newspapers and blogs.

The Stranger also reports on Uber’s move to block a public records request regarding how many of its drivers are licensed in Seattle. And Staffing Industry Analysts reported on Uber’s recent update to its agreement with its drivers to require individual arbitration (and thus make drivers ineligible for participation in a class-action lawsuit).

Seattle Times also covers the City Council’s vote yesterday to renew Comcast’s franchise agreement.

KING 5 has an update on the Arena talks, including a missed payment in Tukwila, the upcoming City Council vote on a street vacation for the SOD arena project, and a closer look at Key Arena as a third option.

Seattlish and The Stranger also noted yesterday’s Council vote on strengthening labor laws (which I covered here). This was a big deal that largely got lost in the noise next to the Uber union news.

The Ballard News-Tribune report on the Council’s resolution in support of the Muslim community.