unanimously enacted a bill allowing the unionization of commercial drivers, whether they operate taxicabs, town cars, or – crucially – ride-sharing vehicles. This means Seattle drivers associated with Uber, Lyft, or similar on-demand transit companies can collectively bargain for higher wages, benefits, workers’ compensation, and the like. As such, it poses a setback for ride-sharing innovation and the labor flexibility it has entailed.
blind men and the elephant. Vocal stakeholders in this issue – from politicians, to consumer and labor advocates, to industry representatives, to the participants themselves – have fervent and deep-seated beliefs as to what the sharing economy is and how it should, or shouldn’t, be regulated. Their accounts differ greatly, and yet most are confident their version of the story is correct. In truth, they’re all a little bit right – and also a little wrong. At the moment, it would benefit each of these stakeholders to keep an open mind.