This morning a panel of three judges from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals heard back-to-back arguments in two cases challenging the City of Seattle’s ordinance authorizing collective bargaining for Uber and Lyft (and other TNC) drivers.
Both sides found the judges to be deeply skeptical of some of their arguments.
Continue reading Uber union ordinance goes before the Ninth Circuit, and has a mixed day
After a week of outstanding reporting by Crosscut on accusations of sexism, harassment, and dysfunctional and “toxic” HR departments in the city bureaucracy, today Mayor Jenny Durkan announced how she would be addressing the issues.
Durkan has an enormous mess to clean up.
Continue reading Sexism, harassment, and toxic HR departments in Seattle city government
Today the Washington State Supreme Court issued an order denying a direct appeal of the challenge to the I-124 ordinance instituting protections for hotel workers.
Continue reading State Supreme court declines to hear I-124 case appeal
Yesterday afternoon Council President Bruce Harrell let it be known that he intends to look at a series of issues related to taxis, for-hire drivers, and Transportation Network Companies such as Uber and Lyft. His intention would be to bring forward legislation in the first quarter of 2018.
Continue reading Council to take up taxi/Uber/for-hire driver issues in early 2018
Today Mayor Tim Burgess and Council member Lorena Gonzalez announced that the city had reached agreement on a labor contract with SPMA, the union for SPD’s lieutenants and captains, and SPMA’s members had ratified it.
Continue reading City reaches contract agreement with one of two police unions
Just over one week into Mayor Tim Burgess’ term, he has signed his first executive order: creating an internal, civilian-run office to oversee secondary employment of off-duty police officers.
Continue reading Burgess signs executive order on oversight of off-duty police work
Today the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Seattle Police Department’s “use of force” policy for its officers is constitutional, in a major win for the city and its efforts to enact police accountability reforms under its Consent Decree with the DOJ.
Continue reading Appeals court upholds SPD’s “use of force” policy
When last I reported on the police accountability legislation, it was firmly stuck in the mud. Time to check in again, as much has happened since then.
Continue reading Checking in on the police accountability legislation