Delays are expected at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago after hundreds of workers who have joined the “Fight for $15” movement will go on strike Tuesday, November 29.
Service Employees International Union Local 1 officials confirmed the strike, which will involve baggage handlers, cabin cleaners, janitors, and wheelchair attendants.
The union is helping the workers reach a wage of $15 per hour, since most of them are currently paid minimum wage, which is $8.25 in Illinois.
“It is not their intent to disrupt operations, but to make their voices heard and have their concerns of wage theft, safety and working conditions to be taken seriously,” SEIU Local 1 spokeswoman Izabela Miltko-Ivkovich told CNN Money.
Chicago Department of Aviation spokesman Owen Kilmer said “We do not anticipate any disruption in service at Chicago’s airports during the holiday season and encourage passengers to contact individual airlines for information regarding their specific flight.”
“They don’t expect to shut the airport down,” SEIU Local 1 President Tom Balanoff said, according to a Thursday report the Chicago Sun-Times. “That’s not what they’re trying to do. Oh, there will be disruption.”
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