A federal judge in Seattle today temporarily blocked first-in-the-nation legislation which would have allowed drivers from ride-hailing companies like Uber, Lyft to unionize. It has demanded that Uber and Lyft turn over lists of drivers who meet the criteria set by the Seattle law, that they have driven at least 52 times in a three-month period in the proceeding year before October 19, 2016. An UBER spokesperson said Wednesday night that background checks in upstate and Western New York would be done in whatever way a new state law requires.
According to the DPU, which oversees the newly created Transportation Network Division, 70,789 Uber and Lyft drivers applied for a state license, and 8,206 were rejected, about 11 percent. FULL STORY