Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Uber and Lyft Drivers Plan Strike


We are all familiar with the employment dispute over whether Uber and Lyft drivers are employees or independent contractors, and there has been extensive discussion on the labor rights of platform-based workers.  In the face of this debate, Uber and Lyft drivers plan a strike for tomorrow to protest a number of different issues, including pay and workplace conditions.  There is an excellent article about the impending strike on the Washington Post.  From the article:

"The work stoppage is part of a growing national campaign for better wages for the independent contractors who support millions of trips daily in the United States and abroad... Besides better wages, drivers are calling for a more transparent wage structure, attention to safety concerns and a right to appeal “unjust firings” with little to no notice."

These are all important labor issues and it will be interesting to follow the strike to see if any changes are made by these companies or other platform-based businesses.

-Joe Seiner



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Seems to me 29 USC 113(a) of the NLGA (and analogue provisions in baby NLGAs) would reach the dispute. But are the strikes coordinated/directed by a "labor organization"? If not, maybe not enjoinable under the NLRA. It would be interesting to see what happened if anyone tried to enjoin. (What's good for the goose may be good for the gander).

Posted by: Michael C. Duff | May 8, 2019 5:55:57 AM

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