August 25, 2017 / 9:56 PM / a year ago

Judge tosses Uber drivers' challenge to Seattle unionization law

By Daniel Wiessner A federal judge in Seattle has dismissed a lawsuit by a group of Uber drivers who say a city law allowing drivers for ride-hailing services to join a union violates their free speech rights by taking away their ability to negotiate directly with the company.

U.S. District Judge Robert Lasnik on Thursday said the drivers’ claim that the law would allow unions to force Uber to stop contracting with non-union drivers was premature. The law requires the city to select a union to be the exclusive bargaining agent for drivers, and it has not yet done so, he said.

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