Category Archives: labor

9th Circuit rules on Uber union case

While everyone was watching the Council try to decide whether to impost a head tax, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals made its own news today by ruling against the city in a case regarding its ordinance granting Uber and Lyft drivers the right to collective bargaining. But buried in the ruling is a legal precedent with potentially far greater impact

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Changes to sexual harassment code advance out of committee

This morning the City Council once more took up some proposed changes to the city’s anti-discrimination code to make explicit prohibitions against sexual harassment and extend the statute of limitations for filing a complaint. After making a further amendment, the bill was voted out of committee but put on a slow train to full Council approval to allow for some additional analysis and community outreach.

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Uber union ordinance goes before the Ninth Circuit, and has a mixed day

This morning a panel of three judges from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals heard back-to-back arguments in two casesĀ  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.

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Council to take up taxi/Uber/for-hire driver issues in early 2018

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.

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