Chicago Cab Drivers Lobby City Hall on Safety, ‘Rideshare’

CHICAGO– Following their successful protest over serious public safety and economic security concerns, Cab Drivers United/AFSCME Council 31 is ratcheting up the fight, taking it to City Hall with a petition campaign.

"Over 300 of us braved the cold to make our message heard loud and clear that the city is not doing nearly enough to protect public safety and our livelihood in terms of so-called ‘rideshare’ services,” said Ram Jhally, a veteran Chicago cab driver and Cab Drivers United/AFSCME Council 31 member.

“Since they seem to not want to listen to 300 of us, we’re collecting signatures from thousands of drivers across Chicagoland,” Jhally said. “Maybe they just need a little help seeing that this issue isn’t going to go away until they take the proper steps to protect our jobs and public safety.”

Collecting petition signatures at cabstands, Mosques, community centers and both Midway and O’Hare airports, the drivers expect to collect enough signatures to force the debate.

“Right now they are sitting on their hands, and allowing a billion-dollar corporation to set public safety policies and, at the same time, letting Uber go around regulations we’ve obeyed for years. It’s not fair, and it puts the public’s safety at risk,” added Jhally.