UPDATE: O'Hare Workers Delay Strike Until After Thanksgiving
By Matthew Benzmiller
Workers at the O'Hare International Airport have decided to delay their strike that was originally going to be before and during Thanksgiving.
The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1 organized a strike vote in which roughly 500 workers voted to strike during the Thanksgiving travel season. Monday the 21st they announced at a press conference that they were instead moving the date back to November 29th. While this is after Thanksgiving, it will still mean trouble for countless people returning home after the holiday.
At the press conference, one baggage handler expressed that workers did not want to inconvenience family members who were traveling:
"O'Hare airport workers often can't afford a proper Thanksgiving dinner and know what it's like to miss Thanksgiving with our families, however, we respect families traveling to be together, and that is why we're holding off our strike until after the Thanksgiving holiday."
While this may seem kindhearted from the workers, the new strike date on the 29th is coinciding with a national strike that is taking place on the same date by "National Fight for $15" organizers.
SEIU spokesperson, Izabela Miltko-Ivokonoch insisted that there will still be delays despite contractors making replacements. She said, “There will be some effects on travel for sure.” The Chicago Department of Aviation says it does not expect any disruption in service.