Category Archives: labor

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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Judge issues preliminary injunction in lawsuit over Uber drivers’ union

Today Judge Robert Lasnik granted the U.S. Chamber of Commerce a preliminary injunction in its lawsuit against the City of Seattle over its ordinance authorizing Uber and Lyft drivers to engage in collective bargaining. But it wasn’t all good news for the Chamber of Commerce and its member companies.

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OLS releases draft rules on secure scheduling

After several months of work, the Office of Labor Standards (OLS) has published a draft set of rules for implementing the secure scheduling ordinance passed by the Council last September.  Tuesday morning, they briefed the City Council on the rulemaking process and what topics they felt the need to address in those rules.

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