In A First For Uber And Lyft Drivers, They Can Now Unionize In Seattle
The Seattle City Council voted to allow drivers for companies like Uber and Lyft to unionize. This would allow them to negotiate for better wages.By Katie Link | December 13, 2015
On Monday the Seattle City Council voted to allow on-demand drivers who work for companies like Lyft and Uber to unionize to negotiate for better wages and working conditions. The decision was months in the making. (Video via Uber)
The ordinance requires the app companies give the city a list of its Seattle drivers. That way the organization that represents the drivers can contact them. If the app company doesn't negotiate with the chosen organization, it could be fined or potentially lose its license to operate.
There are multiple lawsuits filed in cities, including Seattle, against Uber for categorizing drivers as independent contractors instead of employees.