Second taxi strike Monday draws less support after city agrees to hearing on fare hikes

Fayez Khozindar, chair of the United Taxidrivers Community Council, discusses the cab strike at the organization's offices in the South Loop, on Monday. The city's transportation committee will hold a hearing on July 31 to discuss a rate hike--one of the UTCC's main demands.

Fayez Khozindar, chair of the United Taxidrivers Community Council, discusses the cab strike at the organization's offices in the South Loop, on Monday. The city's transportation committee will hold a hearing on July 31 to discuss a rate hike--one of the UTCC's main demands.

An organization fighting for a fare increase for taxi drivers, among other things, held a second cab strike in as many weeks Monday morning, from 6-11 a.m.

Although leaders from the United Taxidrivers Community Council insist their efforts have been successful, there were plenty of cabs downtown on Monday.

Speakers at a press conference UTCC held near the Sheraton Hotel, 301 E. North Water St., said that some drivers couldn’t participate because they couldn’t afford to take any time off work.

The city council’s transportation committee will hold a hearing on July 31 to discuss a fare rate hike, something protesters and drivers cautiously called “encouraging.”

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