Category Archives: labor

Appeals court upholds SPD’s “use of force” policy

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.

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Appeals court halts Uber union ordinance for duration of appeal

Last week the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals granted the US Chamber of Commerce a temporary injunction of the city’s ordinance granting Uber drivers the right to collective bargaining. Today it made that injunction permanent pending the court’s final ruling on the merits of the appeal.

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City wins another Uber lawsuit, collective bargaining cleared to move forward

Yesterday U.S. District Court Judge Robert Lasnik issued a ruling in the lawsuit, brought by several Uber drivers, challenging the city’s ordinance that authorizes collective bargaining for Uber and Lyft drivers.  Lasnik dismissed all of the plaintiff’s claims, ending the case at the district court level.

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Understanding the dueling minimum wage studies

Last week, a team of Berkeley researchers published a study on the effects of Seattle’s minimum wage on the food service industry up through March of 2016, that concluded that wages had indeed gone up, and there was no sign that employment had gone down in response.  Yesterday, a team of researchers at UW published a similar study, looking at data through September of 2016, concluding that employment had gone significantly down.

Huh?

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