CFL News
April 19, 2018

City of Chicago Introduces Historic Plan to Transform O'Hare International Airport and Create Billions in Economic Development

City of Chicago Introduces Historic Plan to Transform O'Hare International Airport and Create Billions in Economic Development

In March, Chicago’s City Council approved an $8.5 billion agreement to transform O’Hare International Airport with the biggest terminal expansion ever, adding 25 percent more gate capacity, modernizing existing terminals and improving passengers’ experiences. The plan was first unveiled at the end of February, and work is expected to begin next year.

The project will create 60,000 construction jobs through 2026 and ensures one of the city’s economic engines is positioned to drive significant growth for the region in the years and decades to come.

“O’Hare’s massive expansion will create thousands of good jobs for workers for many years,” said CFL President Jorge Ramirez. “Projects of this type are particularly meaningful because of the robust multiplier they create within the economy. This significant investment in O’Hare will open up opportunities for construction workers across all trades, disciplines and experience levels as well as thousands of other permanent airport-related jobs.”

“This agreement is a win for O’Hare and our customers, thanks to the investments the city and our airline partners are making to ensure our top connected airport is positioned to grow for the future,” said Chicago Department of Aviation Commissioner Ginger S. Evans in a written statement. “Our plans will put O’Hare at the forefront of the industry, providing the absolute best value when it comes to customer service, efficiency and innovation. At the same time, we are committed to ensuring O’Hare’s economic power also strengthens our community, and will ensure that our investments bring more opportunities for all Chicagoans.”

The CFL worked with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Commissioner Evans to help pass this project and secure work for all of its affiliated unions. This was a collaborative effort and one for which the CFL will always be proud. This announcement marked the first major capital improvement to O’Hare’s terminals in more than 25 years.

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