US Chamber of Commerce lends lobbying power to Uber to crush union efforts
It perhaps shouldn’t be surprising that the US Chamber of Commerce has come out swinging on behalf of Uber.
The Chamber is famously vocal in its criticisms of unionization, which it sees as damaging to the interests of business owners. And Uber faces a real threat of driver unionization, including a new law in Seattle which allows drivers to organize and collectively bargain.
And so, the Chamber -- which spent a ridiculous $84m on lobbying last year, and has donated millions to mostly Republican political candidates -- has filed a lawsuit against Seattle in an attempt to force the city of ditch the law.
From the Chamber’s press release:
If Seattle’s ordinance is allowed to be implemented, then each of the nation’s approximately 40,000 municipalities could enact its own particular labor schemes, resulting in a balkanized set of labor regulations that would inhibit the free flow of commerce among private service providers. The threat could also spread to other industries. If one municipality could pass a law like this for transportation, then any municipality could pass an ordinance in any industry.
Although some on the Seattle City Council genuinely believe they are doing right by workers, the real driving force behind the law is unions desperate for more members at any cost—even violating federal law. This is their answer to union membership numbers that have dropped to a 60-year low as workers are increasingly satisfied with their employers.
It’s for all these reasons that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce filed a lawsuit challenging Seattle’s ordinance and is seeking to have it set aside before it can go into effect. Litigation is a last resort, but sometimes it’s the only way to counter regulations that would break the law and undermine free enterprise.
Read the whole thing here.