Judge Sides With Workers, Dismisses Lawsuit Against Seattle Law Allowing Rideshare Drivers To Unionize
On Tuesday a federal judge rejected a challenge to a Seattle law allowing drivers for ridesharing companies to form a union and collectively bargain over wages and working conditions. The judge dismissed a challenge brought by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, representing rideshare companies Uber and Lyft, saying that Seattle was exercising its authority appropriately. However, the 2015 law still remains blocked until the judge can rule on a separate lawsuit from 11 drivers backed by conservative, anti-union groups. Misclassified as independent contractors, the drivers are not currently covered under the federal National Labor Relations Act, prompting the city to take action. If the law goes into effect, Teamsters Local 117 has already obtained permission from the city to begin organizing drivers. Lawyers for the city say allowing drivers to unionize will improve safety and reliability.