Since the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals handed down a split-decision last fall, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s legal challenge to Seattle’s ordinance granting collective-bargaining rights to Uber and Lyft drivers has been back in the hands of the district court. But it’s proceeding in starts and stops, with the occasional flurry of motions and other legal filings. Today a joint status report filed by the parties extends that pattern.
On Tuesday, the Council’s Governance, Equity and Technology Committee will take up an ordinance making a big change to its 2015 ordinance granting Uber and Lyft drivers the right to unionize — and in the process cutting the heart out of the ordinance.
In May, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals dealt the City of Seattle a setback in its defense of its ordinance granting Uber and Lyft drivers the right to collective bargaining. In June, the city petitioned the appeals court for an en banc rehearing of the case in front of the entire court.
Last Friday the court denied that petition.
Today the City of Seattle filed a petition with the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, asking it to rehear en banc the appeal of the ongoing lawsuit filed by Uber and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce over the city’s ordinance allowing Uber and Lyft drivers to unionize.
This week the President of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce sent a letter to its members complaining about the City Council’s work on secure scheduling legislation. Her argument is utter nonsense and for anyone who is paying attention is a poorly-executed attempt to obstruct the process entirely.
The Chamber of Commerce lawsuit still tops the news this morning. Continue reading News roundup: Chamber of Commerce lawsuit
Three big topics in the news this morning: the corrected vote on the Pronto bikeshare system, the Chamber of Commerce’s lawsuit against the city over allowing Uber drivers to unionize, and the Mayor’s proposal for the housing levy.