Uber in a statement said it is "focused on improving the quality and security of independent work, while preserving the flexibility drivers and couriers tell us they value." Uber shares were up 6.4 percent at $39.46 in late trading on the New York Stock Exchange.
The memo dated April 16 came in an NLRB case against Uber that has yet to reach the five-member board, which is independent of the general counsel. Under the National Labor Relations Act, independent contractors cannot join unions and do not have the right to engage in organizing activities. (Reporting by Daniel Wiessner in New York and Akanksha Rana in Bengaluru; Editing by Shinjini Ganguli)
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