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Workers at Chicago O’Hare Airport Will Go on Strike—After Thanksgiving Travel

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Scott Olson—Getty Images Passengers at O'Hare International Airport wait in line to be screened at a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoint on May 16, 2016.

The workers don't want to mess up anyone's holiday plans

(CHICAGO) — About 500 workers at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago say they’ll strike Nov. 29, after the Thanksgiving holiday.

Service Employees International Union Local 1 officials made the announcement Monday morning outside the airport, which is one of the nation’s busiest. The workers say they want the public’s support and wouldn’t want to mess up anyone’s holiday plans.

The union is helping the workers, who are seeking union rights and a $15 per hour wage. They work mainly for private contractors at the airport and include baggage handlers, cabin cleaners, janitors, and wheelchair attendants.

It isn’t clear how such a strike would affect operations at O’Hare. The Chicago Department of Aviation has said it doesn’t anticipate any disruption in service.

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