Posts Tagged ‘on-demand economy’

Aug
2016
16

Seattle One Step Closer to Setting Crucial Precedent for Unionization of Gig Workers

Seattle One Step Closer to Setting Crucial Precedent for Unionization of Gig Workers
  A federal court judge has knocked down one more hurdle on the path toward unionization of the gig economy. Last December, Seattle became the first city in the country to allow app-based gig drivers to unionize. Mayor Ed Murray refused to sign the legislation, calling it “flawed,” but a unanimous vote by the Seattle City Council made...
Jun
2016
14

Number of Misclassified Coloradans Has Doubled Since 2011; the Unemployed are Losing $23M/Year

Number of Misclassified Coloradans Has Doubled Since 2011; the Unemployed are Losing $23M/Year
  An investigative report has found that the state of Colorado loses $23 million each year because of employee misclassification as employers skirt their responsibility to pay unemployment insurance premiums.  The report comes from Rocky Mountain PBS’ INewsNetwork and is the first part of a multi-part series. The data comes from the...
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Apr
2016
11

Misclassification and the “1099 Economy” Create Angry Voters, Shift Social Safety Net Burden

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  With Tax Day rapidly approaching, the time is now to confront the harsh drawbacks of the “on-demand economy,” or as David Dayen labels it in The New Republic, “the 1099 economy.” Dayen describes how financial uncertainties have created a wave of angry voters and how none of the presidential candidates are focused on...
Mar
2016
18

More Tech Co. Bus Drivers Join the Teamsters; More Taxi Drivers Protest Uber, Lyft

More Tech Co. Bus Drivers Join the Teamsters; More Taxi Drivers Protest Uber, Lyft
  Drivers of all types are taking action of all kinds these days, and tech companies are usually on the receiving end of the much-needed workers’ rights grab. Another group of drivers who shuttle the employees of giants such as Google and Facebook will now officially be represented by the Teamsters Local 853.  The workers [&hellip...
Mar
2016
15

CA Labor Champion Reintroduces Bill That Would Allow On-Demand Workers to Organize

CA Labor Champion Reintroduces Bill That Would Allow On-Demand Workers to Organize
  In California, Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez will reintroduce AB 1727, known as the “1099 Self-Organizing Act,” to create a hybrid workforce in the “on-demand” or “gig” economy. It would grant new rights to workers classified as independent contractors and toe the line of employment created by companies like Uber...
Mar
2016
11

Chamber Sues Seattle to Halt On-Demand Driver Unionization; Uber Launches Phone Call Pressure Campaign

Chamber Sues Seattle to Halt On-Demand Driver Unionization; Uber Launches Phone Call Pressure Campaign
  When the city of Seattle passed first-of-its kind legislation to allow Uber and Lyft drivers to organize, a lengthy court battle was predicted.  Now, that shoe has dropped with the Chamber of Commerce (CoC) filing a lawsuit against the city over the ordinance. They argue that it violates federal antitrust laws: “Seattle and thousands...
Feb
2016
9

IBEW Makes Formal Request to Represent Uber Drivers at LaGuardia Airport

IBEW Makes Formal Request to Represent Uber Drivers at LaGuardia Airport
  Last week, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1430 made a formal request to represent more than 600 Uber drivers who pick up passengers from New York City’s LaGuardia Airport.  The union submitted a required petition showing that over 30 percent of the drivers wished to be represented by the IBEW and...
Feb
2016
4

S’Uber Bowl: Coalition of On-Demand Taxi Drivers Allegedly Planning Huge Super Bowl Protest

S'Uber Bowl: Coalition of On-Demand Taxi Drivers Allegedly Planning Huge Super Bowl Protest
  A group of Uber drivers calling themselves Uber Drivers United staged a protest in San Francisco recently, driving slowly from the former Candlestick Park, to the airport, through the city, and eventually to Uber headquarters while honking their horns and disrupting traffic.  The issue for the drivers, most of whom will not release their...
Dec
2015
17

The Battle of Seattle: City is First to Allow Unionization of Drivers for Uber, Lyft, the Like

The Battle of Seattle: City is First to Allow Unionization of Drivers for Uber, Lyft, the Like
  On Monday, the Seattle City Council voted unanimously to give Uber, Lyft, for hire, and taxi drivers the right to unionize despite being classified as independent contractors.  The move makes Seattle the first city to grant these independent contractors the same collective bargaining rights granted to traditional employees under the...
Nov
2015
3

NLRB: Tucson Cabbies are Employees; Precedent Strengthens for Fighting On-Demand Misclassification

NLRB: Tucson Cabbies are Employees; Precedent Strengthens for Fighting On-Demand Misclassification
  As drivers for “on-demand economy” companies, such as Uber and Lyft, continuously fight their status as independent contractors, another National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruling has emerged that may help their cause.  Using the FedEx Home Delivery case as guidance, a regional NLRB director found that over 200 drivers employed...
Sep
2015
24

Return to Sender: Court Filings Reveal Postmates’ Hourly Wage Claims are Complete Fallacy

Return to Sender: Court Filings Reveal Postmates' Hourly Wage Claims are Complete Fallacy
  On-demand delivery service Postmates promises “up to $25 an hour” in its ‘help wanted’ ads, but recent court filings against the company show that the actual average wage for a Postmates courier averages just $9.23 an hour.  The wage claims made by the company have been a major factor in its sudden rise from [&hellip...
Jul
2015
28

Another KS Court Rules In Favor of Misclassified FedEx Drivers; 19 Class Actions Pending

Another KS Court Rules In Favor of Misclassified FedEx Drivers; 19 Class Actions Pending
  The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled in favor of 500 drivers in Kansas who sued FedEx in 2003 claiming they were misclassified as independent contractors. The decision upholds a ruling from the Kansas Supreme Court which found that the drivers met the state’s 20-point test to determine their employment status under the [&hellip...