O’Hare Janitors Urge United Maintenance to Recognize Their Union

***News Advisory for Tuesday, May 14 at 10am***

In defiance of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s decision to lower wages at O’Hare, janitors call for union recognition with support from aldermen…

O’Hare janitors choose SEIU in hope of better future

Who:                O’Hare Janitors, Members of the Chicago City Council, Jorge Ramirez-President of the Chicago Federation of Labor, SEIU members and officers, non-union airport workers

What:               O’Hare workers call for union recognition

Where:            City Hall, 121 N LaSalle – 2nd Floor

When:              Tuesday, May 14 at 10am

More than 70 percent of O’Hare janitors are coming together for better jobs and have chosen SEIU to represent their interests. Last December, Mayor Emanuel awarded a $100 million O’Hare cleaning contract to a company with longstanding ties to organized crime that promised to lower wages by 30 percent. As a result, hundreds of union workers lost their jobs and now the nonunion, largely new workforce is fighting to restore family-sustaining wages and benefits at O’Hare. The janitors will call on Mayor Emanuel to urge his contractor, United Maintenance, to recognize SEIU as their legal representative and bargain in good faith.

Contact: Leslie Mendoza Kamstra 773-896-7815 or mendozal@seiu1.org

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