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Uber recognizes guild for its New York City drivers

FILE: A woman wearing a Uber T-shirt checks her phone while Uber riders and driver-partners take part in a rally on the steps of New York City Hall.

FILE: A woman wearing a Uber T-shirt checks her phone while Uber riders and driver-partners take part in a rally on the steps of New York City Hall.  (Reuters)

Uber has reached an agreement to create an association for its 35,000 New York City drivers.

The Independent Drivers Guild will be affiliated with the Northeast branch of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.

But The New York Times says the deal announced Tuesday stops short of unionization.

Guild members can raise issues of concern during monthly meetings with Uber management. The guild can help with appeals for drivers barred from the platform. Drivers also can get insurance discounts.