O'Hare workers who plan strike will announce date Monday


Now that workers at one of the nation's busiest airports say a strike won't occur until after the Thanksgiving holiday.

Baggage handlers, cabin cleaners, janitors and attendants who assist people with disabilities have voted to strike at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport on November 29.

Janitors, baggage handlers, cabin cleaners and wheelchair attendants want a wage of $15 an hour.

Millions of people are expected to travel through O'Hare this holiday season, and the American Automobile Association predicts there will be almost 49 million travelers this Thanksgiving getting on planes, trains or driving.

But airline representatives tell ABC News' David Kerley they are prepared for any potential strike. They aren't unionized, but they're working with the Service Employees International Union.

O'Hare baggage handler Raquel Brito said at a news conference Monday that the strike was scheduled after the brunt of the Thanksgiving travel rush is over so as not to alienate holiday travelers and instead get their support.

Airport and fast-food workers will be joined by child care workers, home care workers and graduate assistants, who have joined the movement to raise wages. Of the 500 votes cast, all but one were in favor of the strike, said union spokeswoman Izabela Miltko-Ivkovich.

Currently, the federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour, which translates to just $15,080 a year for someone working 40 hours a week. Union officials have said the intent is to create "a disruption" but not shut O'Hare down.

United Airlines said it was taking steps to make sure there would not be disruptions.

O'Hare officials said the strike should not disrupt passengers getting to their flights. She said she has never been taught how to clean vomit, blood and other bodily fluids she routinely finds on planes and is not given proper cleaning supplies for those substances. She also claimed contractors have harassed employees for making public statements regarding their pay and benefits.

"You know, today, is easy".



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