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July 21st, 2019

Weekend News & Commentary —July 21, 2019

Published July 21st, 2019 -

Last week, Postmates CEO Bastian Lehmann authored an op-ed for CNN arguing for a hybrid-method to “empower gig workers” without undermining the purported “flexibility” that many gig companies tout as justification for gig workers’ exemption from traditional la... 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 »

June 23rd, 2019

Weekend News & Commentary— June 23, 2019

Published June 23rd, 2019 -

  Southern California grocery store workers, represented by the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 135, plan to vote Monday on whether to authorize a strike against several SoCal grocery chains due to stalling contract negotiations. The union... 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 28th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — May 28, 2019

Published May 28th, 2019 -

This Friday is the deadline for the California Assembly to send bills originating in the chamber to the state senate for approval. One of those bills, AB-5, seeks to codify and clarify the holding of last year’s California Supreme Court decision in Dynamex Ope... More »

May 10th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — May 10, 2019

Published May 10th, 2019 -

In a regulatory filing with the SEC on Thursday, Uber reported that it has reached agreements that will end a “large majority” of the over 60,000 arbitration claims drivers have filed alleging misclassification as independent contractors, rather than employees... 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 »

May 7th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — May 7, 2019

Published May 7th, 2019 -

Airports and major-city transit authorities warn that the planned strike by Uber and Lyft drivers tomorrow may create significant travel chaos. The strike, which arose out of a dispute between Uber and its Los Angeles drivers over a rate decrease there, is exp... 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 »