The Wall Street Journal: Uber, Lyft dealt setback in fight over Seattle drivers’ union efforts

A federal judge on Tuesday dealt a setback to ride-hailing companies Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc. in their battle to block a unionization effort in Seattle for thousands of contract drivers.

U.S. District Judge Robert Lasnik for the Western District of Washington state dismissed a case brought by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which had sued in March to block a Seattle ordinance that would clear the way for Uber and Lyft drivers to vote to collectively bargain for certain benefits. Uber, but not Lyft, joined as a plaintiff in the suit.

Uber and Lyft have fought the nation’s first real unionization effort for drivers, arguing it threatens drivers’ flexibility and isn’t in their best interests.

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