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September 23, 2017

Airport Workers Win High Wages Thanks to New City Ordinance

Airport Workers Win High Wages Thanks to New City Ordinance

September was an important month for 8,000 airport workers at Chicago’s Midway and O’Hare airports in the fight for higher earnings and a union. SEIU Local 1 was the driving force behind Chicago’s City Council unanimously passing an ordinance requiring private contractors to abide by new labor standards before being licensed by the city.

Contractors will be required to increase the employees pay to $13.45 beginning in July 2018, a significant increase from $11 per hour as previously held. Additionally, the new ordinance states that contractors must enter into “labor peace agreements” with any union that would like to organize its employees. In the agreement, the employer will remain neutral during the campaign to organize, meanwhile the union will not participate in “economically disruptive” actions such as boycotts or strikes. “It’s a win-win-win-win for airport workers, passengers, the city and the airlines,” said SEIU Local 1 President Tom Balanoff.

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