Monday at the airport. Organizers said they expect tens of thousands of fast food workers, airport employees, child care teachers, graduate assitants, and others in low-wage jobs to walk off their jobs in 340 cities.
Workers including janitors, baggage handlers, cabin cleaners and wheelchair attendants - some whom are paid Illinois' minimum wage of $8.25 an hour - hope to gain the public's support in their efforts.
Chicago O'Hare International Airport handled 143,462.7 tons of cargo volume last November, with express cargo shipments representing 5,732.2 tons.
O'Hare is the second busiest airport in the USA, handling 77 million passengers a year ago.
"It was never their intent to disrupt travel", the spokeswoman said via CNN. Some are paid minimum wage, $8.25 an hour in IL. About 500 workers committed to a strike after a vote last week. With AAA estimating that 22 million Americans will fly for the holiday, a strike at a major airport like O'Hare could've had a major effect on travelers around the country. "They do a lot of work and all of our luggage personal possessions are in their hands, so I don't want anybody stealing anything because they aren't making enough money", said passenger Trevor Black.
National Fight for $15 organizers said that November 29 was selected because it is the fourth anniversary of the fast-food worker strikes that launched the Fight for $15 campaign.
Chicago's Department of Aviation has "held discussions" with the airlines and lawmakers to reach a mutual conclusion for all parties involved. She was responding to a question as to why the workers won't strike during the busy Thanksgiving travel week.
Numerous workers hold positions with United Airlines and American Airlines that are subcontracted through Prospect Airport Services, AirScrub Inc. and Air Serv, according to SEIU spokeswoman Izabela Miltko-Ivkovich. "Some of them don't even make minimum wage".