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Special Report: Uber and The Taxi Industry

August 27, 2015
By Steven Wishnia

Part 4: The Company That Wants No Regulation

Uber uses a classic Internet-era business model: It avoids any investment in inventory, equipment, or permanent production workers, and gets its revenue from creating a connection between producers and consumers and taking a cut from that.

Special Report: Uber and The Taxi Industry

August 26, 2015
By Steven Wishnia

Part 3: Union Prospects: Still Waiting for Lefty

Organizing New York City cab drivers into a sustainable union has daunted some of the nation’s most renowned labor leaders since the 1930s. Over the last 15 years or so, however, two unions have won some victories, the New York Taxi Workers Alliance for yellow-cab drivers and the International Association of Machinists District 15 for black cabs. The NYTWA is the first “worker association” formally affiliated with the AFL-CIO.

Special Report: Uber and The Taxi Industry

August 25, 2015
By Steven Wishnia

Part 2: Driving for Williams: How Cab Drivers Make a Living

“Driving for Williams” is an old cabbies’ expression for driving to pay the bills. It’s never been an easy way to make a living. Incomes fluctuate depending on whether “there’s money out there.” And even before Uber came on the scene, taxi drivers’ wages had barely increased since the 1980s.

Court Upholds SeaTac Airport's $15 Minimum

August 25, 2015
By Steve Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Washington’s state Supreme Court ruled 5-4 on August 20 that the $15-an-hour minimum wage the city of SeaTac voted in 2013 also covers hospitality and travel workers at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport there. The court rejected claims by Alaska Airlines and employers’ trade groups that because the airport is run by the Port of Seattle, the city didn’t have jurisdiction to enforce the $15 minimum.

Special Report: Uber and The Taxi Industry

August 24, 2015
By Steven Wishnia

Part 1: An Ex-Cabbie Looks at Uber

When I drove a taxi some 30 years ago, I dreaded getting late-night fares to the Upper East Side. Few people were leaving the area at that hour, so I would inevitably find myself in a pack of 30-odd cabs headed downtown on Second Avenue, jostling and jockeying for position to catch the one person who might be sticking out their arm.

Teamsters Back Flexjet Pilots and Win Back Jobs

August 21, 2015
By John Quinn, LaborPress USA


Richmond Heights, Ohio - In a decision by arbitrator Joshua Javits, three pilots with Flexjet, LLC, have been reinstated to their positions with the carrier and made whole for their terminations. The arbitrator found the terminations were without cause and that the pilots' terminations resulted from retaliation for union activity in violation of federal labor law.

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