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UTCC Voice: Newsletter of the United Taxidrivers Community Council (Online Edition)


Civil remedies for cabdrivers to pursue without a lawyer

Not all wrongs done to cabdrivers need professional help. This series of articles deals with ways drivers can help themselves when they run into trouble without hunting out someone to speak for them. Even if English is a second or third language, there are places to win without assistance.

Small Claims Court

United Taxidrivers Community Council growing in numbers & support

An interview with UTCC Chair Fayez Khozindar and Spokesperson Ron Florence by Thom Clark of the WNUA (95.5 FM) program “City Voices”

Interview of UTCC Chairperson Fayez Khozindar, and UTCC Spokesperson Ron Florence with Thom Clark of the “City Voices” program at WNUA

Fly-Tickets in the Stream- of Revenue

Taxi-drivers call them “fly-tickets.” They are the gift of the street cop or traffic management employee or any city designee who can’t catch you but catches your cab number. So while you may “fly by” at the time of the alleged violation, the tickets and fines that go with them ”fly” through the mail to you and catch you at home. Often, these tickets come months and months after the date of the incident. One driver I spoke to said he got two tickets in one week this last March. One was for stopping at 205 N. Michigan at 6:15 pm last May, ten months before!

Cabdrivers to Daley: ‘We need a permanent fare increase!’ as $1 Gas Surcharge in effect

Cabdrivers denounce ordinance which includes controversial provisions that triple fines, reduce fare rates to suburbs

Groundbreaking victory in Shen case as attacker brought to justice

In February, veteran driver Stanley Shen, 57 years old, was attacked by 26 year old Thomas Gnaidek in broad daylight without provocation.

“I want to know what I did to deserve such violence,” says Shen. On February 24, Shen was with a fare at a stoplight at 18th and Halsted, when he was rear-ended. “When the driver of the car behind me approached my vehicle, I thought he wanted to talk, but instead, he started repeatedly throwing punches,” says Shen.

UTCC: Who are we and where did we come from?

UTCC’s origins lie in the injustices and exploitive working conditions faced by Chicago cabdrivers. In 2006 an organization called the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago, attempting to respond to the many complaints they had been receiving from the Muslim cabdrivers here in Chicago about unfair treatments at the hands of the City of Chicago, approached progressive allies who could assist them in the endeavor to address these issues. They found the American Friends Service Committee a willing partner.

UTCC leads discussion on post-9-11 racism after documentary film “A Dream in Doubt”

Cabdrivers were one of the greatest victims of September 11, 2001 and its aftermath- many people of Middle Eastern, North African and South Asian descent had to leave Chicago amidst immigration raids and deportations by the newly formed Department of Homeland Security. But this was only the beginning- violence against cabdrivers shot up dramatically as some people turned rage at the 9-11 attacks into racist violence against America’s hardworking immigrants.