Posts Tagged ‘on-demand economy’

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…
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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…;
Jul
2015
16

Clinton Highlights Lack of Workplace Protections In the On-Demand Economy, Rand Paul Goes Nuts

Clinton Highlights Lack of Workplace Protections In the On-Demand Economy, Rand Paul Goes Nuts
  In a speech on Monday at the New School in Manhattan, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton blasted the on-demand economy, arguing that despite great innovation, many companies reliant on this new type of labor are repressing middle-class wage growth.  The speech was viewed as a direct shot at Uber, which has faced a series of [&hellip…;
Jun
2015
16

$228M Misclassification Settlement May Send Ripples Through Industry, On-Demand Economy

$228M Misclassification Settlement May Send Ripples Through Industry, On-Demand Economy
  FedEx has agreed to settle with over 2,000 past and present California workers who claimed they were misclassified as independent contractors.  The $227 million settlement comes amidst a multitiude of long-running legal battles affecting FedEx drivers. Last August, a federal appeals court ruled that the workers were employees and therefore…
Jan
2015
15

Lawsuits Suggest On-Demand Economy App Co’s Like Uber and Handy Misclassify Employees

Lawsuits Suggest On-Demand Economy App Co's Like Uber and Handy Misclassify Employees
  With technology companies increasingly in the workers’ rights spotlight, Techcrunch writer Vinay Jain took a look at employee misclassification in the “on-demand economy” (ODE) and how the dubious legal status of many companies’ “independent contractors” is problematic for long-term stability.  Companies such as Uber,…