Some links after the jump.
From The Wall Street Journal:
Here are some of our prior posts on the unionization angle:
The Uber Drivers Guild, Funded By Uber, Promises Not To Strike
The Fine Line Uber Is Walking With Its Drivers
Dear Teamsters: It Looks Like Uber Was Trying To Dig Up Dirt On The Seattle Local
California Uber Drivers Partnering With Teamsters Union
"Taxi And Uber Drivers, Once Mortal Enemies, Join Forces In New Labor Dispute"
Alphaville's Izabella Kaminska Banned- January 2016
The Sharing Economy Is Labor’s Next Hope
Seattle is first city in nation to give Uber, other contract drivers ability to unionize
Dec. 10, 2014
What Uber Hath Wrought: The Coming Digital Labor Movement
The very last thing the poobahs of Sand Hill Road want to see. They overwhelmingly prefer NO unions.
During the 2008* Democratic nomination campaign we pointed out that although the self-anointed Silicon Valley aristocracy were solidly behind Senator Obama, rank-and-file Dems in Santa Clara county went for Hillary 54.8% to Obama's 39.3% in that year's primary.
The reason this gets interesting is a possible split between various constituencies.
For example the Teamsters union can't be very enthusiastic about the prospect of autonomous trucks.
The bad-apple cops responsible for repeat police brutality claims are protected in their jobs by very strong unions. Who do you go with, the protestors or the police unions?Dec. 12, 2014
I don't know how this all plays out but it seems easier to understand if we dispense with party labels and go with a plutocrats/peasants framework....
As Chicago Prepares an App For Taxis to Compete With Uber, Giant Union AFSCME is Organizing Cab Drivers
Oct. 29, 2015
Watch Out Uber: National Labor Relations Board Interpretation Could Allow Many Taxi Drivers to Unionize
Dec. 4, 2013
Dear Teamsters, United Auto Workers: Google Is Trying To Crush Your Unions and Your Members (GOOG)
Here's how the Teamsters reacted to stress in 1934, the management guy heading for terra firma died almost instantly of a crushed occipital lobe: