Uber and Lyft Drivers Can Now Unionize In Seattle


In a move that could set a precedent in other cities, Seattle has just passed legislation that will allow Uber and Lyft drivers to unionize, meaning they can negotiate pay and benefits. The implications are significant, because the on-demand driving startups currently classify their drivers as contractors and not full-time employees.

The Seattle City Council voted 8-0 in support of the legislation, but it is likely that the affected companies will appeal. In addition to driving apps, taxis and for-hire transportation companies are also impacted.

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