The law in question passed the Seattle city council in a 9-0 vote back in December 2015.
Lasnik sided with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce today, ordering Seattle's Uber unionization law be put on hold until lawsuits challenging its legality are resolved.
According to the law's implementation timeline, companies must turn over their drivers' contact information to the union early next month.
The chamber, which includes member companies Uber and Lyft, sued Seattle over the ordinance, claiming it violated federal antitrust laws.
Gearhart: "We're disappointed with the fact that the companies would rather take the City of Seattle to court than sit down and negotiate with their drivers and start improving their working conditions".
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"Although there is no trade secret protections or confidentiality attached to this basic identifying information, the Court finds that forcing the driver coordinators to disclose their most active and productive drivers is likely to cause competitive injury that can not be repaired once the lists are released", Lasnik wrote. City attorneys argue that independent contractors are more akin to the first three than supervisors and the city has the authority to permit them to unionize. In March, Seattle's law survived an attack by Uber after a Washington state judge rejected the company's arguments that there are flaws in the local collective bargaining process.
"There can be no doubt that rideshare companies such as Uber and Lyft have, at a truly startling rate, created havoc in this industry using a business model that simply did not exist before its recent technological development", he wrote.
Mark Mix, president of the National Right to Work Foundation, which is representing the drivers, called the judge's decision "a critical first step toward protecting the rights of drivers who don't want Teamsters organizers to have their private contact information, and especially oppose having union so-called representation forced on them against their will". It has demanded that Uber and Lyft turn over lists of drivers who meet the criteria set by the Seattle law, that they have driven at least 52 times in a three-month period in the proceeding year before October 19, 2016.
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