Ninth circuit puts the brakes on Uber unionization

23 May 2018 - On May 11, the Ninth Circuit dealt a blow to a Seattle city ordinance permitting Lyft and Uber drivers to unionize. However, the court’s ruling was not entirely unfavorable for “gig economy” workers. Lyft and Uber, along with other affected groups, challenged the ordinance on two grounds: first, that the Ordinance violates the Sherman Antitrust Act by allowing price-fixing by cartels of independent contractors; and secondly, that the ordinance is pre-empted by the National Labor Relations Act. The panel ruled in favor of the ridesharing companies on the first claim, but for Seattle on the latter, and it laid out a path forward for state governments to enable the passage of such laws.

Wheeler, R. (2018), 'Ninth circuit puts the brakes on Uber unionization', On Labor: Workers, Unions, Politics, 23 March.


  • Article
  • United States
  • Yes
  • transport
  • On-location platform-determined routine work
  • Uber, Lyft
  • Sector aspects, competition, lobbying
  • English
  • On Labor: Workers, Unions, Politics (Publisher)
  • 2018
  • Open access
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