O'Hare Airport Workers Announce Strike Date

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O'Hare International Airport workers today announced they will strike on November 29 to avoid disrupting the Thanksgiving holiday travel rush.

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The tweet from Service Employees International Union Local 1 officials describes the quest for higher wages.

The workers are seeking union rights and a $15 per hour wage. They include baggage handlers, cabin cleaners, janitors, and wheelchair attendants.

About 500 workers committed to a strike after a vote Thursday. The workers involved have been trying to organize with the union's help. They work mainly for private contractors at the airport.

Last week, SEIU Local 1 President Tom Balanoff says they don't expect to shut down the airport but will create a disruption.

*Updated with strike date on 11/21/16