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N.Y. Lawmaker Drops Bid for Uber Driver Union Deal This Year

  • Some labor groups balked at compromise with gig companies
  • Senator is determined to pass a version of the law in 2022
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Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc.’s efforts to reach a compromise with lawmakers in New York suffered a setback this week. A state senator scrapped closely watched plans to introduce a gig work bill this year that would have offered workers union representation without making them employees.

“We could never get everybody together,” said Democrat Diane Savino, a former union official who had been aiming to introduce a bill with both labor and industry support in time to pass before this year’s legislative session ends this week. “It’s a complicated problem, but the only way we’re going to get to a solution is people are going to have to put aside their own agendas and figure out, How do we solve it?”