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The downtown highrise buildings and Space Needle seen on June 28, 2011 in Seattle, Washington. Seattle. The Seattle City Council is about to vote on a measure to let Uber and Lyft drivers unionize. (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)
HERE COMES THE VOTE: The Seattle City Council will consider Monday whether to give drivers for services like Lyft and Uber the ability to unionize and collectively negotiate on pay. If the council approves the measure, Seattle would become the first city to take this step. “A national leader on workers’ rights, Seattle was among the first cities to pass laws to gradually raise the minimum wage to $15 and require most employers to provide paid sick leave,” the Associated Press reports. “San Francisco-based Uber and others say federal labor law prevents cities from regulating collective bargaining for independent contractors, and the ordinance would violate federal antitrust laws by allowing independent transportation providers to conspire to artificially drive up transportation costs.”


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