Workers at O’Hare International airport walked off the job Thursday morning, demanding higher wages, job protection and better training.
Airport workers -- including baggage handlers, custodians, cabin cleaners, wheelchair attendants and security officers -- hit the picket line late Wednesday evening as part of a 24-hour strike.
The Service Employees International union is helping implement the strike. The group is also behind the 'Fight for 15' campaign to boost the wages of fast food and low-wage workers.
The strike is also part of a national push by airport workers at eight airports around the nation.
Despite the strike, officials do not anticipate a major interruption for airport services.
“The Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) does not anticipate any impact to airport operations because of the proposed job action,” said Owen Kilmer, the CDA’s Deputy Commissioner of Communications. “We will continue to ensure that Chicago’s airports are safe and secure for our passengers and employees, while working to enhance the customer experience.”