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O’Hare Airport Workers Planning To Strike After Thanksgiving Holiday Rush

Photo Credit: Chicago Tribune

Photo Credit: Chicago Tribune

Hundreds of Chicago O’Hare International Airport workers will strike Tuesday, Nov. 29, after the Thanksgiving travel rush.

Service Employees International Union Local 1 officials announced the date of their strike Monday morning at the airport and on the union’s Twitter account.
About 500 workers committed to a strike after a vote Thursday. The workers involved have been trying to organize with the union’s help. They work mainly for private contractors at the airport.

O’Hare airport workers plan to strike during busy Thanksgiving travel week
Airplane cabin cleaners, baggage handlers and janitors threaten to strike to call attention to fight for a $15 hourly wage.
The workers are seeking union rights and a $15 per hour wage. They include baggage handlers, cabin cleaners, janitors and wheelchair attendants.
SEIU Local 1 President Tom Balanoff says they don’t expect to shut down the airport but will create a disruption. The strike comes after the busy Thanksgiving holiday travel week.

Source: Chicago Tribune

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