Ride-Hailing Union Blocked in Washington

Date: September 20, 2017

A panel of judges for the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has blocked the implementation of a Seattle law allowing employees of ride-hailing companies like Lyft or Uber to form a union pending an appeal, according to the Beloit Daily News. The law was passed in 2015, but has been through a series of legal challenges ever since.

If upheld, it would allow employees of ride-sharing services to form a union if a majority of workers agree to be represented.

“There is a tremendous amount at stake in this case, namely the rights and livelihoods of thousands of drivers and the fate of a transportation option that many Seattle residents and visitors have come to rely on,” said Uber’s general manager for the Pacific Northwest Brooke Steger according to the Beloit Daily News. “We remain confident the Court will find the City overreached in its effort to protect taxi companies and help the Teamsters.”

Two other federal cases challenged the law, but a U.S. District judge rejected both last month.

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