CHICAGO – To highlight the growing foreclosure crisis facing Chicago’s 2,000 small business owners who own and operate taxis, Cab Drivers United/

Following news that Access Living, a Chicago-based, nationally recognized advocacy organization for people with disabilities – filed a claim in federal court against Uber, for violations of the Ame

For two years, Cab Drivers United/AFSCME Local 2500 has fought to reform the harsh and arbitrary rules the City of Chicago imposes on professional cab drivers – providing drivers with the tools and education to defend themselves in the city taxi court system at 400 West Superior.

Yesterday, Monday, September 12th, new Public Chauffeur reforms go into effect.

AFSCME and Eastern Gateway Community College are offering the chance to earn an online degree from an accredited school with no out-of-pocket expense. A college degree can be your pathway to new opportunities, greater responsibilities and more earning power.
Comparison Between the Original Ordinance and the Substitute Ordinance

As of July 1, 2016, the Taxi Driver Fairness Ordinance requires all affiliations to lower their credit card fee to a maximum of 3%. A year ago the fee was at 5%, however as a result of our union support the city agreed to a 2% decrease over the year. As the Chicago Tribune said earlier this year, this change will help drivers who may get cheated out of tips.

“I am glad that the city is following through with this needed change. It is definitely a win for us drivers today!” said Driver John Hilt, a Cab Drivers United/AFSCME Local 2500 member.

“While Mayor Emanuel and other supporters of the substitute ‘Rideshare Reform Ordinance’ proclaim it to be a compromise made with coalition partners, nothing could be further from the truth.

“The core principles we sought in the original ordinance were access, fair rules, and safety, all of which have been discarded completely.

CHICAGO, IL - A broad coalition supporting the ‘Rideshare Reform Ordinance’ made up of Cab Drivers United/AFSCME Local 2500, the ITTA, Access Living, Communities United and the Chicago Federation of Labor issued the following statement regarding the announcement that the “Rideshare Reform Ordinance” had passed a joint session of the Committee on License and Consumer Protection, and the Committee on Transportation and Public Way by a voice vote.  A vote in the full City Council is expected at the next council meeting on June 22, 2016.

Cab Drivers United/AFSCME issued the following statement after the third violent attack of a cab driver in three month’s time.

“The stabbing and attempted robbery of a Chicago cab driver last night reminds us all of the almost constant danger cab drivers put themselves in everyday when they go to work. Chicago's cab drivers serve every corner of our City and their visibility allows them to serve residents and visitors. At the same time, it makes easy targets.