Seattle approves letting Uber drivers unionize

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle has become the first city in the nation to allow drivers of ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft to unionize over pay and working conditions.

The legislation the City Council approved Monday is seen as a test case for the changing 21st century workforce. The companies strongly oppose it and are expected to challenge it in court.

The council passed the measure on an 8-0 vote. It requires companies that hire or contract with drivers of taxis, for-hire transportation companies and app-based ride-hailing services to bargain with its drivers, if a majority show they want to be represented.

San Francisco-based Uber and others argued federal labor law prevents cities from regulating collective bargaining for independent contractors, and the ordinance would violate federal antitrust laws.

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