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Uber’s union filed a lawsuit against Uber for unfair labor practices

Uber’s union filed a lawsuit against Uber for unfair labor practices

Uber called its recent union deal ‘historic.’ A new complaint alleges it was actually against the law by not representing workers fairly.

In the same week Uber was embroiled in several labor complaints in the California Labor Commission, the ride-hailing giant was engaged in another legal battle itself, filed in federal court by U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) regional director H. Sam Schulz.

The complaint alleges that Uber engaged in unfair labor practice strikes, threatening unlawful reprisal and making unlawful campaign contributions, all in violation of the DOL’s fiduciary responsibility to represent all workers.

The allegations relate to the company’s efforts to end a two-year strike that began after the 2016 election, the union representing some Uber drivers accused of violating the state’s minimum wage and overtime laws. The strike lasted into 2017, and the company eventually reached a settlement with the union.

But the union had not filed an unfair labor practice charge to claim damages against Uber for its actions, the complaint alleges. Instead, the union filed a charge with the DOL, alleging that Uber had failed to fairly represent workers in its contracts.

“The DOL has long held that an employer is responsible for the conduct of its employees in connection with union contracts,” Department spokesman Matt Brouillette told the Daily Caller News Foundation. “As we’ve noted many times before, an employer may be found liable for unfair labor practices that harm employees in the context of individual contracts, but may not be held liable when an employee is not protected by a specific employment contract.”

“Unfair labor practices, in turn, may also be actionable under the FLSA because, among other things, they can affect the employee’s ability to earn or lose wages on account of the employer’s unfair labor practices.”

The complaint filed Tuesday contends that, according to the DOL, the settlement agreement with Uber drivers “is inconsistent with numerous and specific provisions of collective bargaining agreements and federal law.”

According to the DOL, the contract was not fair and was not in line with federal labor laws that require fair representation. At the time a union member is asked to sign the contract, the agreement must satisfy Federal Labor Relations Act (FLRA) requirements, the complaint says.

“The Agreement

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