- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 10, 2016

SEATTLE (AP) - A judge has dismissed the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s lawsuit against Seattle’s new ordinance that gives drivers for ride-hailing companies the ability to unionize over pay and working conditions.

The Seattle Times reports (https://bit.ly/2aAqlTp ) that the judge called the suit premature Tuesday, saying the Chamber doesn’t yet have standing to challenge the law because it hasn’t yet been harmed by it.

The Chamber had sued in March, alleging the ordinance violates and is pre-empted by federal antitrust law and illegally allows for-hire drivers to get together and set rates.

Seattle was the first city in the U.S. to allow drivers of taxis, for-hire transportation companies and app-based ride-hailing services to bargain with their drivers.

City officials are still working on the rules by which the measure will be implemented.

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Information from: The Seattle Times, https://www.seattletimes.com

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