Earlier this month, a federal judge in Seattle temporarily blocked the country’s first attempt at trying to unionize the independent contractors of Uber and Lyft. Seattle had a law that passed in 2015, saying that independent contractors like Uber of Lyft drivers had the right to collectively bargain their rights, hours, benefits, and the like.
Before we discuss the potential pro’s and con’s of the decision, let’s look at the decision itself to begin. The judge who rendered the decision, Robert Lansik, didn’t say that this injunctions like these were how he believed most would end up.
He actually sounded quite sympathetic to the drivers and instead said that it’s a complicated issue and he’d like to pause before going forward. So while this appears to be a victory for Uber and Lyft, the judge hardly sounded enthusiastic to their position. He was quoted as saying, “The public will be well-served by maintaining the status quo while the issues are given careful judicial consideration.” continue reading