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Victories & Achievements


November 2007:
END THE SKOKIE PARKING BAN!

The Village of Skokie banned the parking of taxicabs anywhere in the Village, which would have had the effect of forcing hundreds of drivers to leave their homes in Skokie. But instead of moving out, drivers decided to STAND UP! UTCC Steering Committee member Sayed Ilyas was the voice for almost a hundred drivers affected by the ban in Skokie, who packed Skokie Village Hall meetings week after week- As a result of their hard work, today, the parking ban has been lifted for the vast majority of drivers living in Skokie!

February 2008:
FIGHTING FOR MUSLIM DRIVER’S CIVIL RIGHTS!

At O’Hare Airport, Muslim drivers who parked their cars for just five minutes to pray were immediately slapped with tickets. By standing up for the civil rights of Muslim drivers at meetings with the Department of Aviation, UTCC Interim Chairperson Fayez Khozindar achieved a critical victory for all drivers- and ticketing has now ceased!

March 2008:
AN ATTACK ON ONE IS AN ATTACK ON US ALL!

Drivers united to rally behind his UTCC Steering Committee member Stanley Shen, a senior driver who was brutally attacked in broad daylight for no reason. By packing the courtroom and making news on WGN, ABC, and WBBM, the drivers put pressure on the court to punish the attacker with the most serious penalty possible. At the next court date the charges against the attacker were upgraded- “A VICTORY FOR ONE IS A VICTORY FOR ALL!”

June 2008:
GAS SURCHARGE HEARING

UTCC turned out more than 50 drivers, and made a presentation to city hall about the need for a permanent fare increase. Due to the professionalism and organization of the UTCC, it was the only drivers organization to be recognized at the City Council hearing.