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For Immediate Release: Uber/Taxi Legislation Report

December 11, 2015 -- Partnership for Working Families

In advance of Seattle Council’s Monday vote to grant all for-hire drivers a voice on the job, a new report reveals collective bargaining increases safety and reliability in city transportation systems. It also finds that the benefits of giving workers a mechanism to speak out for change go beyond drivers, extending to the entire community.

On-Demand Workers on the Move

November 5, 2015 -- Partnership for Working Families

By Nikki Fortunato Bas

Originally published in The Blog by The Huffington Post on October 19, 2015 as 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 and rates. Earlier last week, Oregon's labor commissioner said in an advisory opinion that under Oregon law, Uber drivers should be seen as employees. This move opens the door for Uber drivers to assert all the rights normally afforded to employees in Oregon, including the right to a minimum wage, safe working conditions, and workers compensation and unemployment benefits. The advisory opinion contrasts sharply with the company's current practice of classifying its workers as independent contractors.

New report: Cities should take action to make recycling jobs safe jobs.

June 23, 2015 -- Partnership for Working Families

Working together with researchers at the University of Illinois School of Public Health, occupational safety and health experts at the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health and MassCOSH, and environmental justice leaders at GAIA, we dug deep into the world of recycling workers. We found horrifying stories of injuries and fatalities, and troubling statistics about how often recycling workers get hurt on the job. The good news is that there’s plenty of action that cities can take to make recycling jobs good jobs.

Puget Sound Sage released a powerful report making the case for ensuring that the massive transit investment in southeast Seattle produces equitable outcomes.

May 21, 2015 -- Partnership for Working Families

Puget Sound Sage released a powerful report making the case for ensuring that the massive transit investment in southeast Seattle produces equitable outcomes.

Partnership Legal Director Ben Beach joined a panel discussion at NYU School of Law on legal issues pertaining to affordable housing policy in New York City.

May 21, 2015 -- Partnership for Working Families

Partnership Legal Director Ben Beach joined a panel discussion at NYU School of Law on legal issues pertaining to affordable housing policy in New York City.

Emeryville Votes to Raise Minimum Wage to Highest in Nation

May 8, 2015 -- Partnership for Working Families

Dear Friend,

Emeryville has transformed from a gritty industrial city to the “Mall of the East Bay.” And last night at Emerville City Hall, it was the inspiring beacon of hope for low-wage workers as the City Council voted unanimously to raise the minimum wage to $12.25 with a path to $16, making it the highest in the nation! The vote was more than just five councilmembers, led by Mayor Ruth Atkin, saying yes to creating better lives for thousands of workers, it represents a tipping point on the minimum wage that we are seeing nationally. And YOU have been a part of creating that momentum for change.

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