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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

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.

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.

Civil remedies for cabdrivers to pursue without a lawyer

Workers Compensation

Surprisingly enough, a recovery can be made at the Illinois Workers Compensation Commission without the help of a lawyer, although it is unlikely that a cabdriver on his or her own is going to do well.

The basics can be found on the web page of the IWCC, and if a cabdriver is without internet access or savvy, he or she can to the same State of Illinois Building to the 8th floor to get pamphlets and all kinds of help from the staff who are fantastically helpful.


Communication is an art that must be open and sincere in our industry. As we struggle to survive and care for our families, some of us truly lack the basic knowledge of effective communication.