Airport workers brave cold to call for higher wages

ChiTribChicago’s 24-below-zero wind chills did not halt a protest outside Willis Tower on Monday morning to advocate for a $15-an-hour minimum wage for airport workers.

Organized by the Service Employees International Union Local 1, the protest by about three dozen people outside United Airlines’ headquarters was among nine civil disobedience actions in cities across the U.S. on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The SEIU, which is also behind the Fight for $15 campaign for fast-food workers, is pushing for higher pay, benefits and job protections for airport janitors, cabin cleaners, wheelchair agents, security officers and baggage handlers. The SEIU does not represent any United employees.

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