Posts Tagged ‘uber’

Oct
2016
7

Uber Drivers Rally in Queens to Fight Scourge of Misclassification, Demand Right to Unionize

Uber Drivers Rally in Queens to Fight Scourge of Misclassification, Demand Right to Unionize
  Uber and Lyft drivers recently held a rally outside the Taxi & Limousine Commission (TLC) office in Long Island City, Queens. More than 14,000 rideshare drivers have petitioned in favor of unionization. The drivers are frustrated about shrinking pay, increasingly strict driver policies, and soaring commissions charges. Their attempts…
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…
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Aug
2016
2

Uber Using Former CIA, NSC Members to Investigate Seattle Labor Unions

Uber Using Former CIA, NSC Members to Investigate Seattle Labor Unions
  Last December, the city of Seattle ventured into uncharted waters when it voted to allow ride-sharing drivers to bargain collectively. Naturally, Uber hired a research firm staffed by former members of the CIA and National Security Council to investigate the situation. Naturally. The CIA-linked firm, Ergo, was tasked with investigating…
May
2016
11

Uber, Lyft End Austin Operations After Getting Clobbered on Background Check Bill

Uber, Lyft End Austin Operations After Getting Clobbered on Background Check Bill
  Voters in Austin rejected an Uber-supported ballot initiative that would have allowed ride-sharing companies to self-regulate their drivers.  The initiative only managed 44% of the vote. Following the loss, Uber announced that it will end operations in Austin rather than abide by a city council ordinance which would have mandated…
Apr
2016
25

Latest $100M Uber Settlement Still a Loss for Workers in Employee Misclassification Battle

Latest $100M Uber Settlement Still a Loss for Workers in Employee Misclassification Battle
  Uber has reached a settlement which will result in 385,000 Massachusetts and California drivers receiving $100 million.  Though the monetary compensation will apply only to drivers in those two states, it will also spur major policy changes that will apply to Uber drivers nationwide.  The settlement must still be approved by a judge. 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
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…
Jan
2016
29

Lyft Settles Lawsuit for $12M, Granting New Rights; Drivers Will Remain Independent Contractors

Lyft Settles Lawsuit for $12M, Granting New Rights; Drivers Will Remain Independent Contractors
  An employee misclassification lawsuit against the ride-hailing company Lyft has been settled, with the company agreeing to pay $12.25 million and make major changes to its policies.  Still, the settlement will not result in Lyft drivers being reclassified as employees as they had wished. Instead, their employment with the company will now…
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…