Drivers Join Fight Over Seattle Uber, Lyft Unionization Law

Law360, New York (March 13, 2017, 4:15 PM EDT) -- Eleven independent drivers sued the city of Seattle in federal court Friday claiming its new ordinance allowing for-hire drivers for Uber, Lyft and other ride-hailing apps to unionize is unconstitutional and unfairly forces all drivers to comply with terms set by designated unions just to use the app.

The drivers allege in their complaint that Seattle’s December 2015 ordinance allowing drivers at taxi, for-hire and transportation network companies to collectively negotiate issues including pay and working conditions unfairly leaves independent drivers at the mercy of an exclusive driver representative certified by the U.S. Department of Labor, which in this case is...

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