Panel puts brakes on efforts to unionize Disney Lyft drivers

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A labor relations board has put the brakes on a decision allowing the Teamsters to represent scores of Lyft drivers who haul passengers around the Walt Disney World property in Florida.

A National Labor Relations Board panel ruled against the Orlando-based Teamsters local last Friday.

The panel says the Lyft drivers have different responsibilities than do bus drivers who are already represented by the Teamsters local.

The Teamsters demanded the right to bargain on behalf of the Lyft drivers after an NLRB regional director last May ruled the union could represent the “Minnie Van” drivers.

Disney World guests can get the private rides using the Lyft app on their phones instead of waiting for Disney buses to drive them around the resort.

Neither Teamsters nor Disney officials responded to immediate requests for comment.

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