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SEIU Local plans strike at O’Hare during Holiday

Posted by wlpo on November 20, 2016

O’Hare International Airport workers who voted to strike are announcing when they plan to take action.  Service Employees International Union Local 1 officials say they will announce the date of their strike at 10 a.m. Monday at the airport.

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. 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 during the busy Thanksgiving holiday travel week.

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