Baggage handlers, aircraft cabin cleaners, custodians, wheelchair attendants, non-TSA security officers and more walked off the job around 10 p.m. Wednesday. O’Hare was one of nine airports across the country affected by the 24-hour strike.
“We are doing jobs that make the airport run. So I feel we deserve to make a living wage of $15 because we are making the airport run every day,” said Raqu Brito, who has three airport workers in her family.
Non-union workers are also participating in the strike. They are employed by three contractors, Universal Security, Prospect Airport Services and Scrub, Inc., hired by the city and the airlines. ABC7 reached out to the contractors for comment, but they have not yet returned those calls.