Settlement in Stanley Shen’s Civil Suit

Thomas Gniadek, the batterer in the case of Stanley Shen, entered his voluntary guilty plea in criminal court and was found guilty by Judge Gaughan.

His sentence was 10 days in the House of Corrections (time served, considered served), plus 364 days of probation together with a fine of $500 and $30 per month for probation costs.

UIUC Study: Cabdrivers “near the margins of economic failure”

CHICAGO- A ground-breaking study called “Driven Into Poverty” conducted by University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign’s Center for Labor and Employment Relations (UIUC-CLER) and the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) finds that Chicago cabdrivers are chronically overworked and underpaid close to the point of “economic failure.” Earning an average of only $4.38 an hour, few (6%) can afford to work an 8-hour day, while

Another cabdriver attacked brutally, attacker still at large “An Attack on One is an Attack on All!”

Cabdrivers are demanding stricter safety measures and stringent enforcement mechanisms for attacks against cabdrivers after another driver was brutally attacked in late January.

Documenting the work & lives of Chicago cabdrivers

My name is Tracy Luedke, of Northeastern Illinois University here in Chicago. I am a professor of cultural anthropology.

As a cultural anthropologist, I am interested in the ideas, activities, and relationships that make up people’s experiences of the world. I have done field research in Mozambique (in southern Africa), studying and learning about the networks and organizations of traditional healers and their practices.

Reflections on UTCC’s First Year in the Struggle for Justice

When I heard some drivers were receiving tickets at the O’Hare parking lot while they were praying in the shelter, I knew I had to do something about it, especially I after I received such a ticket. I went home and I wrote a few lines in the form of a petition to protest such action by the Aviation Officers at O’Hare. In the following two weeks, I collected 1,400 signatures and I submitted them to the Commissioner of Aviation during a meeting with city officials at O’Hare.

UIUC Study: Executive Summary


In 2006 leaders from the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago (CIOGC) urged the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) to publically respond to the violent murder of taxicab driver Haroon Paryani.

Parking While Praying

A reminder: the agreement the UTCC made with the Dept. of Aviation and Ground Transportation was that taxis who needed to park after having gone through the stamp booth would need to park beyond the pole with the yellow ribbon tied around it. We have noticed lately that some cabdrivers are not driving far enough down the lane before parking. We remind you once again that you may be liable to be ticketed if you do not drive far enough down the access road past the pole with the yellow ribbon.

Comedy and tragedy in the life of a cabdriver

There was a cabdriver who picked up a fare at 4:30 in the morning at the Red No Five bar on Halsted and Hubbard Street. You should know that this is a very expensive bar, with a large cover charge and very overpriced drinks and very pretty people who have money who go there. His fare was a young white American male, dressed very nice. He was going right up Halsted St. to Webster, at 2200 North.