Hundreds of workers at Chicago O’Hare International Airport plan to strike on Tuesday, November 29.
The work stoppage will deliberately miss the busy Thanksgiving travel week, a tactic aimed at bolstering public support, said spokeswoman for the Service Employees International Union during a at a press conference at the airport Monday morning.
“of which was never their intent to disrupt travel,” said the spokeswoman. “They do want to gain public support.”
Janitors, baggage handlers, cabin cleaners along with wheelchair attendants want a wage of $15 an hour. Some are paid minimum wage, $8.25 an hour in Illinois. The strike might not affect more critical workers, like air traffic controllers along with security screeners.
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“After building their case for $15 along with union rights, O’Hare workers are ready to do whatever of which takes to make sure the city, their employers along with the airlines listen to their concerns,” the workers said in a statement.
The workers are not unionized by the Service Employees International Union, yet they are supported by the SEIU. They voted last week to authorize a strike. The duration of the strike was yet to be determined, said a spokesman for the union.
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The airport workers in Chicago are employed by Prospect Airport Services, AirScrub Inc. along with the city of Chicago. O’Hare is actually a hub for both American Airlines ( along with )United Airlines (, along with many disruptions there could have a ripple effect on flights across the country. )
Both airlines said they are taking the necessary steps to avoid inconveniencing fliers.
“American supports better pay for workers across the board. We also respect the right of employees along with workers to organize,” the airline said in a statement, “yet we do not get involved in union representation discussions with our vendors along with their employees.”
United said of which is actually “taking the necessary steps to ensure a safe along with on-time operation for our customers.”
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O’Hare is actually the second busiest airport inside U.S., handling 77 million passengers last year. AAA estimates of which 3.7 million people will fly throughout the U.S. over the Thanksgiving holiday, by Wednesday through Sunday.
As O’Hare workers strike on November 29, different workers around the country also plan to protest low wages along with alleged mistreatment. Fast food employees at McDonald’s ( restaurants in 340 cities along with different supporters have planned rallies at O’Hare, Los Angeles International Airport along with Newark-Liberty International Airport on the same day, the union spokesman said. )
— Additional reporting by Rene Marsh
sy88pgw (brand-new York) First published November 21, 2016: 7:09 AM ET