Seattle judge hears challenge to Uber, Lyft union law

By Tom James SEATTLE (Reuters) – A U.S. judge on Tuesday wrestled with whether a lawsuit could proceed against the city of Seattle over a local law which allows Uber and Lyft drivers to unionize. The litigation is unfolding amid a national debate over what level of benefits are owed to workers in the so-called "gig economy." Seattle last year became the first U.S. city to pass a law giving drivers for ride-hailing apps, as well as taxi and for-hire drivers, the right to collectively negotiate on pay and working conditions. Both Uber and Lyft vigorously opposed the measure, arguing that existing federal labor law trumps local legislation.

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