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Toronto Uber Black drivers file to unionize

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United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Canada has filed with the Ontario labour board to unionize more than 300 of the drivers working with Uber’s top-tier service, in an effort to have them identified as employees instead of independent contractors and demand better pay and protection from wrongful dismissal. (The Logic)

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Talking point: UFCW Canada, a private-sector union with over 250,000 members that is representing the drivers, said the attempt will “be a fight.” That characterization follows several global challenges to gig workers’ efforts to get employment status—including a push by Foodora couriers in Toronto, and successful moves by Foodora delivery workers in Norway and Uber Eats drivers in Japan to form unions in the fall of 2019. The certification vote for the Toronto Uber Black drivers is scheduled for Friday.