December 11th, 2018

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Today’s News and Commentary

Published December 11th, 2018 -

French President Emmanuel Macron addressed the French people Monday as France headed into a fourth week of civil unrest, introducing a series of measures he hopes will quell violent protests across the country. In a 13-minute speech, Macron declared a state of emergency and offered a series of concessions to the […] More »

May 16th, 2018

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Today’s News and Commentary — May 16, 2018

Published May 16th, 2018 -

Thousands of teachers in North Carolina are rallying at the capitol today for the planned “March for Students and Rally for Respect.”  Forty-two school districts—accounting for over half of the state’s public school students—canceled school as up to 20,000 teachers were expected to march in Raleigh.  The North Carolina Association […] More »

 

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Gig News: 14,000 New York Uber & Lyft Drivers Sign ATU Union Cards

Published September 30th, 2016 -

A major union is mounting a high-profile effort to represent gig economy workers in New York.  Crain’s reports that this week, the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1181 delivered union cards signed by 14,000 New York Uber and Lyft drivers to New York’s Taxi and Limousine Commission.  The union also held a rally […] More »

 

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Gig News: Named Plaintiff, Others Object to Uber Settlement

Published May 17th, 2016 -

Caroline O’Donovan reports for Buzzfeed that named plaintiff Douglas O’Connor is among those who have filed objections to the proposed settlement in O’Connor v. Uber, the federal class action challenging the classification of Uber drivers as independent contractors.  O’Connor “is removing his name from the landmark class-action suit for which he was […] More »

 

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Gig News: Uber Settlement Raises Questions on Monetary Payments and Tipping

Published April 27th, 2016 -

The recent settlement announced between Uber and drivers in California and Massachusetts in suits over driver classification (analyzed here) continues to receive extensive coverage. While questions about the “drivers’ association” have been highlighted in recent commentary, controversy has also arisen over the settlement amounts and how the settlement treats the […] More »

 

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Teamsters to form its own Uber "Drivers' Association" in Cal.

Published April 22nd, 2016 -

On a day of huge Uber news, there’s another interesting item.  According to a Teamsters’ press release, Teamsters Joint Council 7 “notified Uber of their intent to organize California drivers” yesterday – the day before Uber announced its intent to create a drivers’ association (as part of the O’Connor settlement). As the union press release […]... More »

 

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On The Uber Settlement & What's Next For Drivers

Published April 22nd, 2016 -

There are two ways to think about whether a settlement is a good deal from the perspective of the plaintiffs.  One is whether, in light of all the facts and law relevant to the particular litigation, plaintiffs’ attorneys got as much for their clients as they could.  No one, other […] More »

 

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Gig News: Uber, Drivers Settle O'Connor Federal Class Action Over Independent Contractor Classification

Published April 22nd, 2016 -

As Gloria reported earlier today, Uber and drivers represented by Shannon Liss-Riordan have settled both the O’Connor suit in California and a similar claim in Massachusetts.  The actions concern Uber’s classification of drivers as independent contractors instead of as employees. Uber will pay drivers $84 million to $100 million.  Under the […] More »

 

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Gig News: Union Files NLRB Petition to Represent Uber Drivers in New York

Published February 3rd, 2016 -

POLITICO New York reports that the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 1430 filed a formal petition with the National Labor Relations Board to represent 600 Uber drivers who serve New York City’s LaGuardia Airport.  The NLRB case number is 29-RC-168855.  The filing of the petition is believed to be the […] More »

February 2nd, 2016

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Today’s News and Commentary — February 2, 2016

Published February 2nd, 2016 -

Uber drivers in New York have come together to oppose an announced fare cut.  The New York Times reports that hundreds of Uber drivers gathered at the company’s New York City headquarters to protest recently-announced fare cuts, demanding a restoration of previous prices.  Uber responded by claiming that, since there […] More »