Longtime security worker Sadaf Subijana became a leader in a movement to improve working conditions for low wage staff at O’Hare airport.
“I’d had enough so I decided we should form a union to tell them what we wanted,” she said.
With help from Service Employees International Union, she and others workers went on strike March 31. On the picket line, she talked to WGN.
Fast forward two weeks. Last Friday and Subijana got a letter confirming that she’d been fired. Another worker Marcie Barnett was also terminated.
The security firm that employed them, Universal Security, says they were let go because they made comments to the media that included sensitive security information.
Alderman Carlos Rosa is outraged.
“It was a respectful picket,” he said. “They were simply demanding safe working conditions and a $15 wage and in response the CEO of the company came and fired them personally in front of the other workers. So this was clearly a scare tactic on the part of Universal Security.”