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The workers at O’hare airport expected to strike over wages

FILE – In this Nov. 29, 2015 file photo, travelers walk to their gates at O’hare International Airport in Chicago. Hundreds of O’hare International Airport, workers who try to unionize have voted to go on strike ahead of 2016 Thanksgiving holiday. Officials with the Service Employees International Union Local 1 said Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016, that approximately 500 employees have committed to save. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

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Chicago – the Workers at Chicago O’hare International Airport are expected to walk off the job, union rights and an hourly wage of $15.

About 500 workers have committed to the strike on Tuesday. They are cabin cleaners, janitors, wheelchair attendants and baggage handlers.

The employees are in the service of private contractors. Strike organizers say a lot of work for the minimum wage. They are trying to unionize with the help of Employees of the International Union Local 1.

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The organizers say that they expect delays and disruptions in particular for United and American airlines. But Chicago Department of Aviation officials say they don’t anticipate disruption.

The strike is part of a national campaign for a higher hourly wage, including workers at other airports and fast-food restaurants. Thousands plan to walk off the job at McDonald’s restaurants.

 

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