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Car Wash Owners Sue City

Car wash owners are suing the city over a law that they say pressures them to create a unionized workforce. The measure requires non-unionized car washes to post a $150,000 surety bond in order to get a license while unionized establishments need only $30,000 bonds. “The city is trying to put its thumb on the scale to force you to unionize, and that’s not allowed,” said Michael Cardozo, attorney representing the car wash owners.

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Pinellas commissioners moving forward with wage theft recovery program

By tomorrow, Pinellas County will be one step closer to implementing a county-run wage theft recovery program. Pinellas’ county commissioners are slated to approve a public hearing notice for a proposed wage theft recovery ordinance at their October 20 regular meeting. The actual hearing is scheduled for November 10. The ball got rolling on July 30, when commissioners gave staff the go-ahead to develop the wage theft ordinance criteria. Since then, the county has allocated... [more]


Oregon regulators say Uber drivers are employees

In a potential blow to Uber and other Oregon taxi companies, the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries issued an advisory opinion Wednesday morning stating that Uber drivers are employees, not independent contractors. In a statement, Uber said the Bureau of Labor and Industries does not appear to have talked to any drivers and had just a five-minute phone call with an Uber official before issuing the opinion. Uber did not immediately respond to the... [more]


The On-Demand Economy Should Be Challenged By Workers

These are exciting times in the so-called "sharing economy," and not just for Silicon Valley techies and billionaire investors. The moment has finally arrived for the people who actually do the work of moving, sharing and renting their goods through businesses like Uber and AirBnB to get some much-needed attention. Uber drivers in Los Angeles, Phoenix, Dallas and a number of other cities called for a strike this past weekend to address issues surrounding tips... [more]


California Gov. Signs Bill Protecting Workers from Wage Theft

In a victory for low-wage workers victimized by unscrupulous employers, California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed a bill this week making it easier for employees to collect wages they’re owed. The measure, called the Fair Day’s Pay Act, gives the California Labor Commissioner the authority to penalize employers found guilty of wage theft, and to collect back payment on behalf of workers. Employers found to have stolen wages—and shell corporations created to evade judgements—must post... [more]