Chicago rideshare drivers rally in Noble Square for better pay amid rising gas prices

Chicago rideshare drivers rally in Noble Square for better pay amid rising gas prices

CHICAGO (TOC) — A bunch of rideshare drivers involved about security and wages held a rally outdoors the Chicago Uber hub in Noble Sq. Wednesday.

The drivers gathered to protest low pay made worse by rising gasoline costs. They mentioned that is having a devastating impact on their capability to make ends meet.

The rally promoted the Dwelling Wage and Security Ordinance launched by Alderman Roderick Sawyer in February’s Chicago Metropolis Council assembly.

The ordinance would enable drivers to climate monetary storms like growing gasoline costs by capping the commissions that Uber and Lyft can take from every experience and utilizing that cash to ensure a dwelling wage for drivers.

Most of the protesters are full-time rideshare drivers. They mentioned they’re struggling and seeking to town to control the massive firms.

“Generally I’ve to if I’ve $30 in my account, I’ve to assume am I going to feed my household immediately or am I going to go to work immediately?” mentioned Uber driver Nicole Taibossigai. “Do I have the funds for to place in gasoline to go even work a full shift or do I’ve to name someone to borrow cash from them?”

“The gasoline is basically, actually excessive and OK they’re charging a bit of bit extra for the passengers however nonetheless on the similar time, surcharges are going up,” Uber driver Rita Vigil mentioned. “We’re not seeing that.”

The rally additionally helps part of the proposed ordinance that will set up a employee security committee that will observe, analysis and report on issues of safety.

The hazards of the job evident as drivers have turn into the targets of carjackers.

On Tuesday, Chicago police mentioned a rideshare driver was carjacked on South Michigan Avenue simply south of Ida B. Wells Drive.

The 70-year-old sufferer was standing outdoors of his automobile when two males got here up, threatened him and took his automobile. The sufferer was not harm and no arrests have been made.

Patrick Odebunmi had an analogous expertise when he was speculated to be carjacked at gunpoint in Chicago final month.

“They pointed a gun at me. They mentioned, ‘Hey we do not need to harm you, we simply want your automobile for a celebration which is Friday evening. So my cellphone in automobile, my pockets, I leap out for my security,” he mentioned.

“They fail us. They fail to pay us a good wage,” mentioned Carlos Martinez, rideshare driver. “In the meantime, our drivers are getting overwhelmed, our automobiles stolen, we’re getting assaulted and so they’re additionally failing to take motion.”

ABC7 has reached out to Uber and Lyft for remark in regards to the wage and issues of safety. Up to now, Lyft mentioned they’ve added a $0.55 gas surcharge for every experience that goes straight from riders to drivers to assist offset gas prices. We’ve not but heard again from Uber.

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