O’Hare Airport restaurant workers go on strike

Published on : Friday, December 22, 2017

strikeProtesting for higher wages and affordable healthcare the restaurant workers at O’Hare International Airport walked off the job during one of the busiest travel days of the year.



Noah Carson-Nelson, spokesman for UNITE HERE Local 1 union said that the employees were expected to picket outside the airport terminals.



The union had about 1,200 employees of Starbucks, Chili’s Too and other airport-stationed restaurants.


However, the Airport restaurants continued to operate throughout Thursday instead of the strike, which saw participation from a few workers.



Around 84 percent of the union voted in favor of the protest.



Lauren Huffman spokeswoman said that the Chicago Department of Aviation was closely monitoring the events. These actions will not disrupt operations at O’Hare International Airport.


Since August the employees had been working under an expired contract. The HMSHost, O’Hares restaurant operator reported that they have met with the union and is processing the negotiations.


Despite the continuous progress Local 1 was determined to inconvenience travellers .

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