Why my family is fighting for $15 and union rights at O’Hare

Why my family is fighting for $15 and union rights at O’Hare

I work in the United Airlines terminal as a baggage handler at O’Hare Airport in Chicago. Not too long ago, the people doing my job made $22 an hour. Then United outsourced the jobs to Prospect.

Now I’m paid just $11 an hour. Let’s do the math. That’s half of what they used to pay.

Same job. Less money.

Sickening.

I live with my family. I help pay the bills and put food on the table. At 21 years old, I already handle more responsibility than a lot of …

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By sticking together against inequality and injustice at our airports, we are walking in Dr. King’s footsteps

By sticking together against inequality and injustice at our airports, we are walking in Dr. King’s footsteps

Every year, people working in U.S. airports generate $8 billion in profits for the aviation industry. Yet these employees are paid so little they cannot make ends meet. Mothers and fathers who work full-time jobs are forced to rely on public assistance to satisfy their basic family needs.

This is why parents have come together to call for change. In honor of Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy, baggage handlers, terminal cleaners and cabin cleaners at hubs in major cities are calling for better jobs at our …

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National Strike on November 19, 2015 – Media coverage

National Strike on November 19, 2015 – Media coverage

Thousands of contracted out airport workers from the nation’s seven busiest hubs in New York, Newark, Boston, Philadelphia, Fort Lauderdale and Chicago went out on strike yesterday and their action had impact! The multi-city strike, the first-of-its-kind for airport workers, has elevated the narrative about contracted airport workforce at the national level. News outlets, such as USA Today, Washington Post, Reuters, Newsweek, NBC Today Show, PBS and CNN reported on the strike. Nationally, the strike garnered 1,700 + TV and Radio Clips.

National Media:

USA Today: U.S. airport …

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Hundreds gathered in DCA yesterday, but it wasn’t for what you think.

Hundreds gathered in DCA yesterday, but it wasn’t for what you think.

Workers are in the #FightFor15 from around the world.

By Juvelyn Godizano

On Wednesday I joined my brothers and sisters around the world at Ronald Reagan national airport in the demand for higher wages, better trainings and working conditions for airport workers. I got involved with the union and Fight for 15 because I saw the imbalance of power that is hurting people.

As a cabin cleaner at San Francisco International Airport, I am proud to say that because we have a union, we have some of the highest working …

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O’Hare Airport Workers Join Nationwide Campaign to Raise Standards for Airport Workers in the Fight for $15 Movement

With O’Hare workers joining the fight, campaign to raise standards for contracted out airport workers around the country now will reach airports handling 393 million passengers annually

CHICAGO- Hundreds of workers at O’Hare Airport, joined by community and faith leaders, rallied today to add their voices to the fight for 15 movement and bring attention to the poverty wages and other substandard conditions that underpaid passenger service workers, security officers and janitors are subjected to at O’Hare Airport.

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