Hundreds of workers at Chicago O’Hare International Airport plan to strike on Tuesday, November 29, CNN MONEY reports.
The work stoppage will deliberately miss the busy Thanksgiving travel week, a tactic aimed at bolstering public support, said spokeswoman for the Service Employees International Union during a at a press conference at the airport Monday morning. “It was never their intent to disrupt travel,” said the spokeswoman. “They do want to gain public support.”
Janitors, baggage handlers, cabin cleaners and wheelchair attendants want a wage of $15 an hour. Some are paid minimum wage, $8.25 an hour in Illinois. The strike would not affect more critical workers, like air traffic controllers and security screeners.