Updated 10/08/15 – 11:07 a.m.
CHICAGO (CBS) — An attempt at an organized taxi drivers’ strike was underway Thursday in Chicago, but with many cabbies opting to keep working, the impact depended on where potential passengers were when they needed a ride.
The 24-hour taxi driver strike organized by the United Taxidrivers Community Council seemed to be having more impact on people downtown than travelers at the airports on Thursday, even though the protest was all about the city’s plan to open up O’Hare and Midway to ride-sharing companies.
Part of the reason for the mixed results likely is that UTCC represents only 700 of the 12,000 cabbies in Chicago. Some cab drivers said they weren’t even aware of an effort to organize a strike, while other said it simply wouldn’t work, so they were going about their business as usual.
At O’Hare International Airport, there were plenty of cabs stopped in the waiting area for the cab stand. Downtown, it was a different story, with noticeably fewer taxis on the streets.
Joe Carter, who is part of cab staff security at Union Station, said he’s never seen customers wait this long for a cab in the three years he’s worked there.
“This is a busy place here, and I need the cabs,” he said.