App-based driver advocacy groups say they anticipated the National Labor Relations Board decision announced on Tuesday. The NLRB declared Uber drivers are independent contractors, not employees. Mark Lennihan/AP hide caption toggle caption Mark Lennihan/AP Business Uber Drivers Are Not Employees, National Relations Board Rules. Drivers Saw It Coming May 15, 2019 While the ruling may be disappointing for drivers, driver groups say they are not daunted. They will continue to pursue policies to regulate working conditions at the state and municipal levels.