Airport Workers Lobby at Chicago City Hall

Ramirez-Rosa2 - 35 CROPO’Hare Airport workers have continuously come together in their fight for a better future and a better airport for all. While Chicago O’Hare is the second busiest airport in the country, the workers who make the airport run are stuck living in a vicious cycle of poverty. They’ve gone on multiple strikes, reported rampant wage theft at their workplace, and filed various OSHA violations. Still, their concerns continue to go unnoticed by the City administration as well as major airlines.

For too long, big corporations like United Airlines have boosted profits by decimating jobs, slashing wages, and taking our tax dollars. That’s why airport workers are coming together to call on airlines to support good-paying jobs and union rights.

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In January, Aldermen Scott Waguespack (32), Rod Sawyer (6) and Sue Sadlowski Garza (10) sponsored the “Lift Up Airport Workers” Ordinance at City Hall. This airport lease ordinance would lift wages for thousands of O’Hare International Airport and Midway International Airport janitors, security officers, cabin cleaners, baggage handlers and wheelchair attendants and ensures labor peace at our city’s airports.

In order to gain support in for the ordinance, airport workers have been busy at City Hall, talking to alderman about their concerns at the airport as well as why they’re fighting for $15 and union rights. For the aldermen who have pledged their support for the ordinance, airport workers have shown their gratitude. For the aldermen who haven’t signed onto the ordinance, workers are telling their story and keeping the pressure on!

Pawar7 - 47Airport workers will continue to attend City Hall meetings and talk with the aldermen until the ordinance is voted on in the near future. O’Hare Airport workers know that when they come together and fight for $15 and union rights, Chicago airports can be an economic engine for the entire city and Chicago can be a better place!

Stay tuned for updates on the “Lift Up Airport Workers” Ordinance!

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