Unionizing Uber drivers: harder than it looks

Last December, the City Council passed landmark legislation giving drivers for Uber and Lyft the right to engage in collective representation and bargaining. The ordinance delegated to the Director of the Finance and Administrative Services (FAS) department the rulemaking associated with defining the requirements for a Qualified Driver Representative (QDR) and the process for a QDR to officially be recognized as such and assume responsibilities for its members. The Council instructed FAS to have the rulemaking done no later than 240 days from the date the bill became law, which is  September 19th. You may recall that the Mayor declined …

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News roundup: District Councils, 520, permit fees

Happy Monday! Crosscut, Seattle Met, and West Seattle Blog continue the discussion in the wake of Mayor Murray’s announcement last week that his administration is cutting ties with the District Councils. KING5 reports on the effect of the City Council’s restructuring of event permit fees. Capitol Hill Seattle Blog previews this morning’s presentation to the Council of the latest plans for the renovation of the Montlake end of the 520 bridge project. Tri-City Herald ran an op-ed piece supporting the Columbia Generating Station.

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