April 25, 2023 |


Chicago-area rideshare drivers are fighting back against unfair deactivations. Read our fellow coalition member’s story here!

Justice for App Workers coalition member Emilio Ugalde is one of thousands of app drivers in Chicago who have been deactivated from the apps without due process. He worked as an Uber and Lyft driver after an accident paralyzed him from the waist down. He had a five-star track record until one day, a customer made a false claim that was impossible due to his disability. 

Despite sending several letters and doctor’s notes to the app companies, Emilio hasn’t been able to get his job back. That’s why Emilio supports our ordinance to end unfair deactivations for Chicago-area drivers – he’s fighting for his livelihood, and to stop this from happening to more app workers. 

As rideshare and delivery workers, we’re constantly facing the threat of unfair removal from apps like Uber, Lyft, DoorDash, and Grubhub. And in Chicago, app drivers lose access to all rideshare apps if we’re deactivated on one, which leaves us completely cut off from our income sources without any opportunity to have our case reviewed.

In January, Emilio and the rest of Justice for App Workers Midwest introduced an ordinance sponsored by Chicago Alderwoman Susan Sadlowski Garza to give app drivers the ability to share our side of the story if we’re deactivated. Read Emilio’s story and sign our petition to the Council with one click to help us create a system that supports app workers!

There is nothing we can’t achieve if we are united. Let’s stand together to take on the app companies and change the lives of Chicago-area app workers like Emilio!

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