‘Every worker should have due process’: Rideshare drivers plead for labor protections

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Members of a coalition who pushed City Council to pass an ordinance protecting rideshare drivers posed for a photo with retiring Ald. Susan Sadlowski-Garza (10th), who sponsored legislation that would create an appeals process for rideshare workers facing deactivation from apps like Uber, Lyft, GrubHub and others. Photo credit Justice for App Workers Midwest

CHICAGO (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.”

Justice for App Workers Midwest
Steven Everett spoke to Chicago City Council members during Wednesday's public comment period. Everett told council members that many rideshare drivers are being "unfairly deactivated for no reason at all." Photo credit Justice for App Workers Midwest

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.”

Sadlowski-Garza said her goal is to get the drivers, council members, and companies around a table to work out a way to make this whole process more equitable.

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