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Conventionally, only workers defined as “employees” are viewed as having the right to organize without violating antitrust laws. (Photo: AP)

Ride-hailing apps are surging in popularity, but the legal status of drivers who earn a living from them remains unresolved. Companies like Uber and Lyft contend that, because drivers are independent contractors and not employees under the U.S.’s various labor and employment laws, any attempt to form unions or bargain collectively for higher wages violates antitrust laws.

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