Chicago O'Hare airport workers to strike November 29

Hundreds of workers at Chicago O'Hare International Airport plan to strike on Tuesday, November 29. The workers are not unionized by the Service Employees International Union, but 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. The airport workers in Chicago are employed by Prospect Airport Services, AirScrub Inc. and the city of Chicago. O'Hare is a hub for both American Airlines (AAL) and United Airlines (UNITED), and 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 and workers to organize," the airline said in a statement, "but we do not get involved in union representation discussions with our vendors and their employees." United said it is "taking the necessary steps to ensure a safe and on-time operation for our customers." As O'Hare workers strike on November 29, other workers around the country also plan to protest low wages and alleged mistreatment. Fast food employees at McDonald's (MCD) restaurants in 340 cities and other supporters have planned rallies at O'Hare, Los Angeles International Airport and Newark-Liberty International Airport on the same day, the union spokesman said. Courtesy: CNN

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