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federal judge puts hold on seattle ordinance allowing uber, lyft union vote


a federal judge in washington state put on hold indefinitely rules that would allow contract drivers to unionize in seattle, a temporary win for uber technologies inc. and lyft inc., which have fought the local ordinance.judge robert lasnik put an injunction on tuesday on the ordinance after the u.s. chamber of commerce sued to block the rules. the judge said there were too many issues yet to be resolved, including whether the...






court upholds seattle ordinance allowing uber union vote


a washington state judge upheld a seattle ordinance allowing app-based ride-hailing drivers to vote to unionize, dealing a blow to uber technologies inc.’s hopes of stalling the legislation.judge beth andrus of king county superior court issued the ruling on friday that affirms the ordinance, which paves the way for the nation’s first unionization effort for app-based drivers.the ordinance, which was passed in 2015 and took...






court upholds seattle ordinance rules allowing uber union vote


a washington state judge upheld a seattle ordinance allowing app-based ride-hailing drivers to vote to unionize, dealing a blow to uber technologies inc.’s hopes of stalling the legislation.judge beth andrus of king county superior court issued the ruling on friday that affirms the ordinance, which paves the way for the nation’s first unionization effort for app-based drivers.the ordinance, which was passed in 2015 and took...






judge temporarily blocks seattle law allowing uber and lyft drivers to unionize


seattle’s first-in-the-nation law letting uber and lyft drivers unionize is on hold after a federal judge issued a temporary injunction, in response to a lawsuit filed by the u.s. chamber of commerce.a federal judge in seattle has temporarily blocked the city’s first-in-the-nation law that attempts to allow uber, lyft and taxi drivers to unionize.the law, passed in 2015, had been scheduled to go into effect this week.seattle’s law allows uber, lyft and taxi drivers — who are categorized as independent contractors, not employees — to form a union and collectively bargain for things like pay, benefits and working conditions.it was challenged by two separate lawsuits, one from the u.s. chamber of commerce and one from about a dozen uber and lyft drivers — backed by the national right to work






u.s. chamber sues seattle a second time over uber union law


the group has refiled its lawsuit against seattle, arguing that the city’s law allowing uber, lyft and taxi drivers to unionize is illegal because drivers are contractors not employees. seattle’s law is the first of its kind in the u.s.the u.s. chamber of commerce has, for a second time, sued seattle over its first-in-the-nation law that would give uber, lyft and taxi drivers the ability to form a union.the chamber previously sued last year, but a federal judge tossed that lawsuit in august, ruling that the law had not been implemented so the chamber had not been harmed and thus it could not yet sue.seattle’s law gives drivers the right to vote on whether they’d like to form a union and then to collectively bargain with their employers over things like working conditions and pay.the lawsui






some seattle lyft, uber drivers sue over city’s unionization law


about a dozen drivers have filed a lawsuit in federal court, seeking a temporary restraining order barring the city from enforcing the first-of-its-kind law allowing lyft, uber and taxi drivers to unionize.about a dozen lyft and uber drivers in seattle are suing over the city’s law giving drivers of the app-based dispatch companies the ability to unionize.in a federal lawsuit, the drivers are seeking a temporary restraining order barring the city from enforcing the law — the first of its kind in the country — saying it goes against federal labor and privacy laws, as well as violates their rights to free speech and association.“the ordinance’s principal function is to grant a union authority to compel drivers and driver coordinators only to do business with one another, under the auspices o






some seattle lyft, uber drivers sue over city’s unionization law


about a dozen drivers have filed a lawsuit in federal court, seeking a temporary restraining order barring the city from enforcing the first-of-its-kind law allowing lyft, uber and taxi drivers to unionize.about a dozen lyft and uber drivers in seattle are suing over the city’s law giving drivers of the app-based dispatch companies the ability to unionize.in a federal lawsuit, the drivers are seeking a temporary restraining order barring the city from enforcing the law — the first of its kind in the country — saying it goes against federal labor and privacy laws, as well as violates their rights to free speech and association.“the ordinance’s principal function is to grant a union authority to compel drivers and driver coordinators only to do business with one another, under the auspices o






uber, lyft and unionizing the gig economy


whether workers in the gig economy have a chance at being more than app-based serfs is on the line in seattle's unionization ordinance.in the 19th century, many industrial revolution employers saw their workers as little more than freed serfs, easily replaced commodities toiling in the “dark satanic mills,” as william blake famously styled them. these immense factories disrupted the old ways of life centered around agriculture and villages. it took much statesmanship, progressive legislation and union bloodshed before employees gained the opportunities, rights and protections we take for granted. or, at least, we used to.this is why seattle’s law allowing for unionization of app-based ride sharing outfits such as uber and lyft is so important. despite all the hype over the ride-sharing ser






lyft scores first app store win over uber


for years, ride-hailing startup lyft has driven in the shadows of its much-larger rival uber.but the tables turned over the weekend when, for the first time ever, lyft surp ed uber in daily s from the apple app store.  s of the lyft app peaked on monday, hitting 191,400, compared to uber’s 85,400 according to app data intelligence company mobile action.the flip e as uber faces criticism from some quarters for ceo travis kalanick’s ties to president donald trump — the executive sits on the president’s business advisory council, along with other tech executives including tesla’s elon musk. earlier this month activists blockaded uber’s san francisco headquarters during trump’s inauguration, protesting kalanick’s ties to the administration.but for some uber users, the ride-hailing company’s ac






judge gives final approval of $27-million settlement in lyft class-action lawsui


ride-hailing company lyft will pay $27 million to settle a class-action lawsuit brought by drivers who sought to be classified as employees, after a judge gave the agreement final approval thursday.though the settlement results in payment to drivers and some changes to lyft’s terms of service for drivers, it does not decide the question of whether drivers are employees or independent contractors.that matter “will have to wait for another day,” said plaintiff attorney shannon liss-riordan.the settlement approved by u.s. district judge vince chhabria in san francisco covers drivers who worked for lyft in california between may 25, 2012, and july 1, 2016. drivers who have driven the most will receive the biggest payments.a similar class-action lawsuit brought by drivers against lyft rival ube






lyft is not a 'better boyfriend'


uber has had a relentless year of scandals, spurring the logical conclusion that its arch-rival lyft is now in a position to capitalize. john zimmer, lyft’s president, spoke at length on tuesday with time about how his company’s attempting to do just that—and it’s ridiculous.except the seat you take in an a lyft isn’t much different from that of an uber, even if zimmer thinks his company is “a better boyfriend.”take what happened last year in austin. lyft, the purported better partner in a relationship for you than its rival, worked feverishly to spike a proposed city regulation for ride-hailing services. but lyft didn’t participate in the $8 million temper tantrum alone; it worked with uber. as we reported at the time: at issue here is background checks for these ride-hailing drivers. if






austin is fine without uber and lyft… until it isn’t


after spending a few days in austin, which lost uber and lyft almost a year ago, i started brainstorming a post about how the city was doing just fine without either of the ridesharing giants.since uber and lyft left last may, a bevy of alternatives have sprung up — like ride austin, fasten and fare. these apps all essentially provide the same experience as uber and lyft — drop a pin and a car shows up. all of them comply with austin’s background-check law, and some of them even charge drivers and riders less than uber and lyft did.i had even begun to wonder if maybe uber and lyft made a mistake by stubbornly refusing to comply with austin’s fingerprint-based background-check requirement, because it showed that a major u.s. city could actually survive without them.until they couldn’t.last






austin is fine without uber and lyft…until it isn’t


after spending a few days in austin, which lost uber and lyft almost a year ago, i started brainstorming a post about how the city was doing just fine without either of the ride sharing giants.since uber and lyft left last may a bevy of alternatives have sprung up – like ride austin, fasten and fare. these apps all essentially provide the same experience as uber and lyft – drop a pin and a car shows up. all of them comply with austin’s background check law, and some of them even charge drivers and riders less than uber and lyft did.i had even began to wonder if maybe uber and lyft made a mistake by stubbornly refusing to comply with austin’s fingerprint-based background check requirement, because it showed that a major u.s city could actually survive without them.until they couldn’t.last n






lyft seeking at least $500 million in new funding


uber technologies inc.’s recent stumbles over a string of unwelcome events are giving its ride-hailing rival lyft inc. a chance to seize the moment.lyft, which has marketed itself to drivers and riders as a kind of anti-uber, has been quietly pitching investors on a new funding round that it hopes will net at least $500 million and a valuation of between $6 billion and $7 billion, according to people familiar with the matter....






uber vs. lyft: which is better? an in-depth comparison


the ridesharing revolution began harmlessly enough. uber used the burgeoning app market to launch an on-demand vehicle service that soon grew into a multi-billion-dollar game-changer. lyft wasn’t far behind, launching its own flavor of ridesharing in its home market of san francisco soon afterward.while there are other ride-hailing apps such as sidecar and hail-o, uber and lyft command the greatest chunk of the market. ridesharing has become so popular that several major automakers are either partnering with uber and lyft, or preparing their own competing services. this buy-in by major manufacturers highlights the current shift in consumer transportation. instead of a corporate car, many companies in urban areas now offer credits with various ridesharing services. people have begun commuti






uber's final frontier: upstate new york


buffalo, n.y. — thousands of college basketball fans flying into buffalo for early round ncaa tournament games landed squarely in the middle of new york's big debate over whether to permit uber in upstate new york.uber and lyft are both banned outside of new york city, leaving upstate new york as the largest area in the continental u.s. where the app-based ride-hailing companies are banned.a vote by state lawmakers to allow uber and lyft to expand into cities like buffalo, rochester and syracuse could be weeks away.many local leaders say upstate deserves to have the same modern transportation options enjoyed elsewhere in the country.previous attempts to authorize the upstate expansion have failed under pressure from taxi cab owners and lawmakers who want stringent regulations.






do uber, lyft worsen seattle’s traffic congestion?


a new study in new york city says the growth of app-based ride-hailing services could undermine cities’ goals of unclogging streets. seattle officials say that may be true here during commute hours.traffic congestion is a complex science, and the rising popularity of ride-hailing services such as uber and lyft isn’t making it easier.a new study in new york city says the growth of the app-based ride services could work against cities’ goals of unclogging streets and reducing vehicle emissions, as well as potentially undermine other transportation options, such as public transit and taxi services.in seattle, where congestion ranks high worldwide, transportation officials say transportation network companies (tncs) such as uber and lyft may worsen traffic during commute hours, but they don’t






done with uber? here are some alternatives


i have to admit i’m pretty reliant on uber. with a sub par public transportation system, the ridesharing app makes it significantly easier to find my way around san francisco.apart from the occasional delay or aggressive driver, the service has been pretty dependable overall. but like many users, as evidenced by the “delete uber” social media campaign, discouraging stories about the company culture have caused me to keep re-evaluating my usage.fortunately, there are a handful of uber alternatives. here are some other options for getting around town.lyftthe most obvious u.s. uber competitor is lyft, with a service that works quite similarly. like uber, the app lets you hail a car and see how far away it is on the map. the prices are comparable — sometimes it’s less than uber, sometimes it’s






done with uber? here are some alternatives


i have to admit i’m pretty reliant on uber. with a sub par public transportation system, the ridesharing app makes it significantly easier to find my way around san francisco.apart from the occasional delay or aggressive driver, the service has been pretty dependable overall. but like many users, as evidenced by the “delete uber” social media campaign, discouraging stories about the company culture have caused me to keep re-evaluating my usage.fortunately, there are a handful of uber alternatives. here are some other options for getting around town.lyftthe most obvious u.s. uber competitor is lyft, with a service that works quite similarly. like uber, the app lets you hail a car and see how far away it is on the map. the prices are comparable — sometimes it’s less than uber, sometimes it’s






done with uber? here are some alternatives


i have to admit i’m pretty reliant on uber. with a subpar public transportation system, the ridesharing app makes it significantly easier to find my way around san francisco.apart from the occasional delay or aggressive driver, the service has been pretty dependable overall. but like many users, as evidenced by the “delete uber” social media campaign, discouraging stories about the company culture have caused me to keep re-evaluating my usage.fortunately, there are a handful of uber alternatives. here are some other options for getting around town.lyftthe most obvious u.s. uber competitor is lyft, with a service that works quite similarly. like uber, the app lets you hail a car and see how far away it is on the map. the prices are comparable — sometimes it’s less than uber, sometimes it’s






lyft pulls destinations from your calendar too, will add custom shortcuts soon


earlier this month uber added calendar integration, letting you quickly set a destination based on the location of your meetings or events. and now one of uber's biggest competitors, lyft, has replicated that exact functionality in its apps.for this to work, you first need to give lyft access to your calendar(s), as you'd imagine. this is a one-time process though, after which you will start to see the locations of your upcoming events as destination suggestions in lyft. the functionality works with google calendar and the built-in calendar in ios, and its rollout has started today.the next step in the perpetual feature war between uber and lyft is custom shortcuts. lyft will soon let you add your own shortcuts for specific destinations, which will then show up alongside home and work maki






how uber and lyft bent the rules and won


the campaign started with a tweet.on oct. 1, 2012, uber used twitter to announce its arrival in minneapolis. the news prompted an outpouring of love from residents, many of whom had not even used the upstart ride-sharing service.“oh man!” tweeted one fan. “uber is rolling out in minneapolis. i will literally never need a car again ever, forever.”there was just one problem: uber didn’t have a permit to operate in the twin cities. neither did its competitor, lyft, which arrived shortly after uber.minneapolis regulators initially threatened to issue tickets and impound any vehicles caught operating illegally, but uber and lyft kept going. by 2014, the companies had persuaded government officials in both minneapolis and st. paul to back off and approve the regulations they wanted.there would b






lyft seeks $6 billion valuation in funding round


lyft is out pitching to investors while competitor uber surrounds itself in controversy.the wall street journal first reported that they are chatting about a $500 million round. we’re hearing that they are targeting a roughly $6 billion valuation, slightly above the $5.5 billion they were valued at in their last private round.the timing makes sense given the failed sale process last year, and while its likely coincidental, it won’t hurt that uber is in the midst of a never-ending pr nightmare. lyft has often been branded as the underdog and the friendlier of the two companies.it’s been a little over a year since lyft raised its $1 billion round from general motors, but at the rate on-demand companies burn through capital, it never hurts to have more money in their coffers. the information






judge in hawaii puts revised federal travel ban on hold


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why take uber or lyft to work when you can hitchhike for $1?


oakland, calif.—to get to his office in san francisco, health-care executive robert stewart waited in line with about four people until a car driven by a stranger pulled up. he hopped in, handed over $1 and was on his way. uber technologies inc., lyft inc. and waze have spent billions of dollars to upend how people get from point a to point b. yet none of them has been able to dethrone casual carpool, a decades-old word-of-mouth...






lyft gains due to uber's recent woes, but still has a long way to go


uber's recent stumbles could be giving lyft a chance to gain ground in the ride-hailing market as customers shift allegiance, new market data suggest.the study comes as uber has been dealing with a run of bad news.lyft's customer base has grown by 7 percent just since jan. 29, when lyft attempted to capitalize on controversy over the trump administration's executive order temporarily halting immigration from certain countries, according to 1010data, a new york city-based market research firm.1010data says the shift in customer allegiance coincides with a decision by lyft to donate $1 million to the american civil liberties union (aclu) over four years to fight the travel ban. the aclu has vowed to fight trump's travel ban affecting immigrants from several muslim-majority countries and refu






lyft rolls into 50 more u.s. cities to take the fight to uber


why it matters to you an increase in competition will lead to more options and hopefully to an improved service, whichever one you choose.lyft has just embarked on the biggest one-day expansion of its ride-sharing service, rolling into more than 50 additional cities across the u.s.the major multi-city launch took place on thursday and comes a month after lyft landed in another 40 cities throughout the country. this means that only two months into 2017, the san francisco-based company is already close to reaching its year-end target of 100 new cities, a figure that’ll take its total count to around 300. in comparison, uber is currently estimated to be operating in around 210 cities in the u.s.“in just the first two months of 2017, we’ve introduced lyft to 94 new cities, thanks in large part






lyft just met its goal of launching in 100 new u.s. cities in 2017


ride-hailing company lyft is celebrating a milestone – it just launched in 10 new u.s. markets, making for 100 new cities added to the list of place where its available in 2017. that was the target lyft had originally set for itself as its year-end target, but it’s only been three months and the company has already crossed that marker.thursday’s launch in 10 new cities follows expansion to 40 cities in january and over 50 cities in february, which mean lyft now offers ride-hailing in 300 cities across the u.s. in total. it’s pressing the pedal on growth at a key moment in the ongoing saga of its competition with uber, the leading rideshare provider by volume and reach, which is facing significant challenges due to sexual harassment issues within its workforce, a ceo who has trouble keeping






lyft rolls into 50 more u.s. cities to take the fight to uber


why it matters to you an increase in competition will lead to more options and hopefully to an improved service, whichever one you choose.lyft has just embarked on the biggest one-day expansion of its ride-sharing service, rolling into more than 50 additional cities across the united states.the major multicity launch took place on thursday and comes a month after lyft landed in another 40 cities throughout the country. this means that only two months into 2017, the san francisco-based company is already close to reaching its year-end target of 100 new cities, a figure that’ll take its total count to around 300. in comparison, uber is currently estimated to be operating in around 210 cities in the u.s.“in just the first two months of 2017, we’ve introduced lyft to 94 new cities, thanks in l






#deleteuber worked — in lyft’s favor – the denver post


by abha bhattarai, the washington postcall it a tale of two ride-sharing services.in the days following the announcement of president donald trump’s immigration ban, rival companies uber and lyft responded in starkly different ways.lyft pledged $1 million to the american civil liberties union. uber, meanwhile, whose chief executive was on president trump’s economic advisory council, was seen as attempting to subvert a taxi drivers’ strike in protest of the ban. the hashtag #deleteuber went viral on social media as a result, and an estimated 200,000 people removed the company’s app from their phones.new data show that the companies’ responses led to opposing reactions: lyft saw a 30 percent increase in riders in the days following its $1 million pledge. uber, meanwhile, had a 10 percent dip






ride-hailing up and rolling in the med city


rob miller has used the popular ride-hailing service lyft when he's traveled, but he had never hailed a ride in his hometown of rochester, minn., or been chauffeured by a driver using a pickup truck.until thursday.the president of the rochester area chamber of commerce used lyft twice to get around on the first day that service began operating in the state's third largest city."with the city growing at the pace that it is and the creation of destination medical center, having another source of transportation is a positive," he said. "the service was prompt, courteous. my driver was grinning from ear to ear. if this is a testament on whether we have enough drivers, then it's working."lyft is the only ride-hailing service in the med city at the moment, but uber isn't far behind. last week, s






uber, lyft and waze disrupt more than traffic


waze, the navigation app turned ride match-maker, is reportedly expanding its services beyond the san francisco bay area.owned by google, the service puts people and routes together, makes it easy for drivers and riders to communicate and takes care of the financial end of things.unlike uber or lyft, drivers won’t have a prayer of making a living from the service. compensation is limited to the irs approved reimbursement rate of 54 cents a mile, so it’s more about the passenger helping out with expenses and less about paying for a service. that’s an important distinction because it enables waze to sign-on drivers without having to vet them or conform to other laws and regulations that affect those who drive for hire.though i have concerns, i’m happy about this service. the more people who






uber gears up to block bid to form a union in seattle


before accepting rides on his uber app each day, seattle driver fasil teka must first choose whether to listen to company-run podcasts on voting rights, collective bargaining and city council hearings.he and other drivers in the city have received text messages, meeting invites and phone surveys from ride-hailing firm uber technologies inc. in an attempt, the company says, to sway them against unionizing. mr. teka said he...






ac transit competes with uber, lyft in the suburbs


union city — the sleepy east bay suburbs of newark, union city, castro valley and fremont may seem like an unlikely locale for the latest battleground between public transit operators and ride-booking services, such as uber and lyft.but it’s here that ac transit, which operates buses in alameda and contra costa counties, is going bumper-to-bumper with the tech darlings, offering a competing service that blends on-demand rides with traditional bus routes. and, the agency says, it may just be working.ridership on ac transit’s flex service, a pilot program the agency launched in july, has grown steadily since its inception and increased 33 percent since the start of the year, when ac transit launched a more robust marketing campaign. the service allows passengers to book rides in advance to c






public bus operator takes on uber, lyft in an unlikely place


union city — the sleepy east bay suburbs of newark, union city, castro valley and fremont may seem like an unlikely local for the latest battleground between public transit operators and ride-booking services, such as uber and lyft.but it’s here that ac transit, which operates buses in alameda and contra costa counties, is going bumper-to-bumper with the tech darlings, offering a competing service that blends on-demand rides with traditional bus routes. and, the agency says, it may just be working.ridership on ac transit’s flex service, a pilot program the agency launched in july, has grown steadily since its inception and increased 33 percent since the start of the year, when ac transit launched a more robust marketing campaign. the service allows passengers to book rides in advance at th






lyft now grabs destinations from your calendar, custom shortcuts to follow soon


ride hailing app lyft can now poll your calendar for suggested destinations right within the app itself, thanks to a new integration option being rolled out starting today. and coming soon, it’s going to let you specify your own shortcut destination options, in addition to “home” and “work,” letting you easily enter frequently visited spots so you don’t have to manually type them in every time.the calendar integration launching today will pull in event addresses listed in your appointments from google and native device calendars, and requires only a one-time approval of the integration before you start seeing upcoming event spots as destination suggestions in-app.even if you’re not crazy about allowing lyft’s app access to your address book, you can still add those custom shortcuts soon, w






lessons from sxsw: life without uber is mostly fine


the biggest tech story heading into south by southwest was uber—and not just the company’s desperate need for a coo or its issues addressing sexual harassment claims. last year, the city of austin started requiring ride-hailing companies to fingerprint the drivers to ensure passenger safety. uber and chief rival lyft decided to leave the city in protest. techies descending on austin for sxsw’s interactive programming were concerned: how would everyone get around the city without apps? well, austin still has ride-hailing apps—they’re just not uber or lyft. a crop of homegrown options sprung up after the big two fled the city, and we put them to the test when we arrived in austin to see if life without uber would be more difficult. spoiler alert: not really. the expectationsleah: we knew thi






milo yiannopoulous' speech at uc-berkeley canceled as protest turns violent


closeskip in skipxembedxshare a group of protesters is throwing smoke bombs and flares to uc berkeley's student union building where polarizing breitbart news editor milo yiannopoulos is scheduled to speak wednesday evening. (feb. 1) apa fire set by demonstrators protesting a scheduled speaking appearance by breitbart news editor milo yiannopoulos burns on sproul plaza on the university of california at berkeley pus in berkeley, calif. the event was cancelled due to size of the crowd and several fires being set.(p o: ben margot, ap)increasingly violent protests at the university of california - berkeley prompted officials to cancel a speech by conservative writer and activist milo yiannopoulous wednesday night.more than 1,500 people gathered in front of uc berkeley's sproul hall to protest