CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago cab drivers said they plan to stage a one-day strike in Chicago on Thursday, to protest proposed city rules they believe would give ride-sharing services like Uber even more of an unfair advantage.
United Taxidrivers Community Council chairman Fayez Khozindar said the cab industry is currently like a wounded animal on life support.
Chicago cab drivers have long demanded the city regulate the ride-sharing industry the same way it regulates taxis, complaining they face stricter and more expensive regulations than companies like Uber and Lyft.
However, as part of his budget plan for 2016, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has proposed giving ride-sharing firms more freedom – specifically, allowing them to do business at O’Hare and Midway airports and McCormick Place for the first time, in exchange for extra fees.
While the mayor also proposed a 15 percent fare hike for taxis, cab drivers have said that extra revenue would not make up for the business they would lose at the airports and the city’s convention center.
“The mayor’s proposal came as a surprise to us, and it is like the last straw which [is] going to kill that animal, not only break its back,” Khozindar said.