Category Archives: labor

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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Sexism, harassment, and toxic HR departments in Seattle city government

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.

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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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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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