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August 27th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — August 27, 2019

Published August 27th, 2019 -

Canvassers at the Fund for the Public Interest, a fundraising group affiliated with progressive organizations including the ACLU, Human Rights Campaign, Sierra Club, and Planned Parenthood, have accused management of interfering with their attempt to unionize.... More »

July 18th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary – July 18, 2019

Published July 18th, 2019 -

House Democrats are expected to pass the Raise the Wage Act today after overcoming opposition from within party ranks.  The bill would gradually raise the federal minimum wage from its current level of $7.25 per hour to $15 per hour by 2024.  Once the minimum ... More »

July 1st, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — July 1, 2019

Published July 1st, 2019 -

The New York Times spotlighted a conflict within the labor movement over how unions should secure greater rights for Uber and Lyft drivers. S.E.I.U. has been meeting with Uber and Lyft to discuss the companies’ proposal to maintain the drivers’ status as indep... More »

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The Uber/Lyft “Workers’ Association” Debate

Published June 19th, 2019 -

Over at Law and Political Economy, Veena Dubal writes an important piece that raises concerns about Uber and Lyft’s suggestion that drivers in California form a “workers’ association.” Dubal worries that such an association would amount... More »

June 13th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary—June 13, 2019

Published June 13th, 2019 -

Nevada has enacted a slew of new laws aimed at protecting workers.  Yesterday, Governor Steve Sisolak signed a measure allowing state employees to engage in collective bargaining.  Although the state will retain final say on some key bargaining subjects – incl... More »

June 6th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — June 6, 2019

Published June 6th, 2019 -

In the ongoing case of Chamber of Commerce v. City of Seattle dealing with the legality of Seattle’s for-hire vehicle driver collective bargaining ordinance, the Chamber and co-plaintiffs moved for summary judgment in February, arguing that the ordinance is pr... More »

May 8th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — May 8, 2019

Published May 8th, 2019 -

The biggest internationally coordinated strike by Lyft and Uber drivers is expected to take place today in major U.S. cities and in the United Kingdom, Australia, and South America.  Driver demands vary by organizing group, but include calls for livable income... More »

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Law and Politics in Employee Classification

Published April 30th, 2019 -

As has been widely reported, the U.S. Department of Labor issued an “opinion letter” yesterday concluding that an unnamed “virtual marketplace company” does not employ the workers who make the company viable. Instead, the letter finds t... More »

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Uber’s $100b IPO

Published April 12th, 2019 -

David Streitfeld has a great story in the NYT this morning about life as an Uber driver and the vast distance between what drivers earn and what investors will reap from the firm’s public offering. Drivers: $40,000 in a good year of full time work. Inves... More »

March 31st, 2019

Weekend News & Commentary — March 30-31, 2019

Published March 31st, 2019 -

The Maryland General Assembly overrode Republican Governor Larry Hogan’s veto of an increase in the state’s hourly minimum wage from $10.10 to $15 by 2025 for businesses with 15 or more employees and by 2026 for smaller employers. As OnLabor previously reporte... More »