Posts Tagged ‘seattle’

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…
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…
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Sep
2015
10

Seattle City Councilman Introduces Novel Legislation to Give Uber Drivers Bargaining Rights

Seattle City Councilman Introduces Novel Legislation to Give Uber Drivers Bargaining Rights
  Seattle city councilman Mike O’Brien has announced legislation which would allow independent contractors such as Uber drivers to collectively bargain for better working conditions. The National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) does not currently allow them to do so.  In the past year Seattle has raised the minimum wage to $15, criminalized…
Aug
2015
20

Labor Law, Punishment for Violations Could be Strengthened by Big Seattle Bill

Labor Law, Punishment for Violations Could be Strengthened by Big Seattle Bill
  In Seattle, a massive bill that would strengthen the city’s labor laws is currently making its way around Mayor Ed Murray’s office. The proposed bill would include stiffer penalties for businesses that break the law, would better compensate workers who are not given sick days, and would allow workers more options to file complaints…
Jul
2015
1

Seattle Construction Unions Driving Massive Building Boom, Young Worker Development

Seattle Construction Unions Driving Massive Building Boom, Young Worker Development
  A recent Seattle Times piece looks into the upcoming construction boom in the region and who will be manning the project.  The city has a long history of construction booms, but the latest wave is big enough to keep the region’s union tradesmen and women employed for the foreseeable future. Many of the projects [&hellip…;
Apr
2015
24

WA, Seattle Building Trades All-In on Gateway Pacific Terminal Expansion; WY to Aid in Financing

WA, Seattle Building Trades All-In on Gateway Pacific Terminal Expansion; WY to Aid in Financing
  The Seattle/King County Building and Construction Trades Council has announced a resolution supporting the Gateway Pacific Terminal (GPT) expansion project in Cherry Point, Washington.  Recent economic studies have project generate 4,400 full-time-equivalent jobs during two years of construction and 1,250 ongoing positions after…