CHICAGO (STMW) — Cab drivers in Chicago and elsewhere staged a global protest Wednesday against Uber and other ride-sharing companies, demanding they be regulated like taxis.
Hundreds of cabbies picketed outside City Hall, accusing ride-sharing services of killing the taxi industry.READ MORE: 'We Get Spit On. We Get Things Thrown At Us': A Look At CPD's Rising Retirement Numbers
“The city is screwing everybody, for who? But you’re letting our $5 billion assets go to hell?” one cab driver said.
Tracy Abman, a union organizer with Cab Drivers United, delivered petitions to the mayor’s office, urging the city to increase regulation of ride-sharing companies like Uber.
“A $50 billion corporation is making millions, and getting away without paying a fraction of the costs that taxi service providers pay; undermining good jobs, and replacing them with part-time, pregarious, gig economy jobs that benefit no one but Uber itself,” she said.READ MORE: Woman Pistol-Whipped On CTA Blue Line Train In Bucktown