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Published reports say that in Chicago, hundreds of cab drivers halted service to and from O'Hare and Midway airports as a way of protesting new rules governing rideshare services such as Uber and Lyft that are included in a budget proposed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

The cab companies argue that while the new rules would allow the rideshare services to serve the airports, they would not force them to adhere the regulations that cover traditional taxi companies.

One taxicab drivers union said that Emanuel's budget - which is trying to close a $426 million budget gap - is a “a giveaway to a $50 billion corporation but a job-killer for hard-working Chicago drivers.”
KC's View:
The concerns about double standards is a fair one, and needs to be addressed. But that said, you don't compete by protesting and shutting down service, because then all you do is make more customers available to the disruptive competition about which you are worried.