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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.

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: 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.

Incident Report form: What it is and how to use it!

We members of the UTCC have been working hard to address the many serious issues facing our Chicago cabdriver/worker community here in Chicago.

Drivers Demand Equitable Olympics

Cabdrivers join community-based coalition calling for City of Chicago to sign “Community Benefits Agreement”

Cabdrivers with the United Taxidrivers Community Council (UTCC) have joined forces with a dozen other community groups under the banner of Communities for an Equitable Olympics 2016 (CEO 2016).

Common Sense Corner: What to do, and what not to do on the roads...

By “Common Sense Man”

I know that not everybody drives the same way I do, meaning that people are different and they drive different ways. Here are some common sense tips from a veteran cabdriver to keep you and those around you safe on the roads. Remember if someone is in a hurry, let him go! It takes 2 impatient drivers to create an accident…

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.

REPORT: Monthly meeting with Department of Consumer Services

The United Taxidrivers Community Council is happy to report on our latest meeting with Deputy Commissioner Shelley Riedle, of the Dept. of Consumer Services. We have been holding monthly meetings for the last four or five months. The UTCC sifts through the many issues that cabdrivers bring to our attention, and we try to pick the three or four topics for discussion very carefully.

Violence rises sharply

Outraged cabdrivers take action after City of Chicago inexplicably rejects “Driver Safety Placard” proposal

After a wave of attacks and beatings against cabdrivers, the United Taxidrivers Community Council (UTCC) decided to ask the Department of Consumer Services (DCS) to install “Driver Safety Placards.” The proposed placards simply said: “Battery of an on duty taxi driver is a class 3 felony, punishable by up to 5 years imprisonment,” referring to a new law that protects cabdrivers from workplace violence.