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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 »

March 28th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — March 28, 2019

Published March 28th, 2019 -

This week the National Employment Law Project released a report detailing how gig companies like Uber and Handy have led a state-by-state lobbying effort with corporate partners to strip gig workers of the legal protections afforded to employees.  The report e... More »

March 24th, 2019

Weekend News & Commentary — March 23–24, 2019

Published March 24th, 2019 -

Uber and Lyft drivers plan to strike Monday, refusing to drive in protest of impending pay docks.  The Los Angeles Times reports on the drivers’ rising ire and on their recent organizing efforts.  Protest organizers/leaders have expressed that pay may be the r... More »

January 31st, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — January 31, 2019

Published January 31st, 2019 -

In December, we reported that the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission established a pay formula for drivers of transportation network companies like Uber, Lyft, and Juno.  The formula would set a minimum pay standard of $17.22 an hour after expenses.  ... More »