WBBM NEWSRADIO — Rideshare and delivery drivers pleaded for the City of Chicago to protect them from having their ability to work abruptly terminated without recourse Wednesday.
During the City Council’s public comment period, rideshare driver Steven Everett said people who drive for Uber, Lyft, GrubHub and other services can be deactivated from every app because of a customer complaint, improper documentation, or something else.
“A lot of rideshare drivers right now are being unfairly deactivated for no reason at all,” Everett said. “Sometimes passengers lie … a lot of us rideshare drivers, this is our only job. This is what keeps us out of trouble.”
The Independent Driver’s Guild and other labor groups wanted to see an ordinance that mandates an appeals process for deactivation.
Retiring Ald. Susan Sadlowski-Garza (10th) sponsored an ordinance that does exactly that, so it likely will be heard.
“You know, a lot of these gig workers just get kicked off their app. They don’t know why. They’re not being told why,” the alderwoman said. “This ordinance is going to give workers a voice … I mean, every worker should have due process.”
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