Chicago airport workers call for Living Wage
October 5, 2011
Chicago Aldermen, community leaders, and more than 300 O’Hare and Midway airport concessions workers and allies rallied in City Hall on October 5 to introduce the Stable Jobs, Stable Airports Ordinance to ensure stability for O’Hare and Midway passengers, City revenue, and Chicago communities as Chicago puts airport concession contracts worth more than $2.5 billion out to bid.
While 70% of O’Hare and Midway concessions are controlled by multinational companies based overseas, they have used a loophole to evade Chicago’s “living wage” of $11.18 per hour for contractors, pocketing millions of dollars that should go to Chicago workers and communities.
“It troubles me to see so many people struggling to pay for basic things like food or rent, while these big corporations are pocketing millions,” said Jerry Ward, a retail worker at Midway Airport who lives in Chicago’s Roseland neighborhood.
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