Officials: Chicago O’Hare delays unlikely from strike
Hundreds of workers were expected to strike at Chicago O’Hare International Airport on Tuesday, though airport and airline officials said they did not expect the action to affect flight schedules.
About 500 workers had committed to the Tuesday strike, according to The Associated Press. The striking workers will not be airline employees, but third-party employees that include cabin cleaners, janitors, wheelchair attendants and baggage handlers.
The private contractor workers said they’re striking for union rights and to push for an hourly wage of $15. They’re also part of an effort to unionize that’s being pushed by Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1.
Organizers have warned of flight disruptions, but the Chicago Department of Aviation and O’Hare’s airlines don’t believe that will be the case. United and American each operate major connecting hubs at O’Hare. .
“We have taken the necessary steps to ensure a safe and on-time operation for our customers,” United spokesman Luke Punzenberger told Today in the Sky.
“We are working closely with our vendors to ensure there is no disruption to our operation,” American added in a statement to CNN.
AP noted the strike “is part of a nationwide campaign for higher hourly wages, including for workers at other airports and fast-food restaurants. Thousands plan to walk off the job at McDonald’s restaurants.”