Seattle was the first major city in the United States to set a minimum wage on a path to $15 an hour. Now, Seattle may be the first to assist Uber drivers in unionizing. Councilmember Mike O'Brien is fighting to give drivers the ability to bargain collectively despite the fact Uber regards drivers as independent contractors. His proposal would require taxi companies, for-hire vehicle companies and app-based ride-dispatch combines (like Uber and Lyft) to negotiate with drivers on issues such as payment and working conditions.
While it remains to be seen what will happen, it is a good sign for employee rights and benefits. If you have ever been treated unfairly at work, please contact us now to put us to work for you!