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McDonald's and Chicago airport workers plan to strike in push for $15 wage

Los Angeles Times

A strike planned for Nov. 29 at Chicago O'Hare International Airport will miss the Thanksgiving holiday's busiest travel days and coincide with a nationwide day of protests that the Fight for $15 movement claims will be its most disruptive yet. The Fight for $15 asserted Monday that after the election of Donald Trump to the White House it "won't back down" from its activism in the face of an incoming administration it believes "threatens an extremist agenda to move the country to the right." The campaign announced protests at 20 airports and strikes and acts of mass civil disobedience at McDonald's restaurants in 340 cities, including in Chicago and its suburbs. It said it expects "tens of thousands" of people to participate. Airport and fast-food workers are expected to be joined on picket lines by child care workers, home care workers and graduate assistants, who are among the estimated 64 million U.S. workers who earn less than $15 an hour.


Thanksgiving Air Travel 2016: Chicago O'Hare Airport Strike Planned For The Holiday

International Business Times

Hundreds of workers at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport have voted to go on strike ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, disrupting services during one of the busiest times of the year. Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1 is representing janitors, baggage handlers, cabin cleaners and wheelchair attendants -- mostly hired by private contractors -- who are seeking a wage of $15 an hour. "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 CNNMoney. While the workers voted on Thursday, the exact dates for the strike have not been decided by the almost 500 workers who committed to the strike. "They don't expect to shut the airport down," SEIU Local 1 President Tom Balanoff told the Chicago Sun-Times.


O'Hare airport workers to announce strike date Monday

FOX News

CHICAGO – Thanksgiving holiday air travelers will soon learn when hundreds of workers plan to strike this week at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. Service Employees International Union Local 1 officials say they will announce the date of their strike during a Monday news conference. About 500 workers committed to a strike after a vote last week. The workers are trying to organize with the union's help. They work mainly for private contractors at the airport and include baggage handlers, cabin cleaners, janitors, and wheelchair attendants.


BREAKING NEWS: O'Hare airport workers to go on strike after Thanksgiving

FOX News

Holiday travelers returning home after Thanksgiving may be in for a headache after it was announced that hundreds of workers plan to strike next week at one of the nation's busiest airports. Service Employees International Union Local 1 officials said Monday they will walk off the job on Tuesday, Nov. 29, at Chicago O'Hare International Airport. About 500 workers committed to a strike after a vote last week. The workers are trying to organize with the union's help. They work mainly for private contractors at the airport and include baggage handlers, cabin cleaners, janitors and wheelchair attendants.


O'Hare Airport workers to announce strike date

FOX News

CHICAGO – O'Hare International Airport workers who voted to strike soon will announce 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. 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.