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O’Hare workers who plan strike will announce date Monday

Tom Balanoff, president of SEIU Local 1, speaks at a news conference

Tom Balanoff, president of SEIU Local 1, said a large number of non-union workers at O'Hare will walk off the job to protest their low pay and poor working conditions. | Sun-Times file photo

O’Hare International Airport workers who voted to strike soon will announce when they plan to take action.

Service Employees International Union Local 1 officials say they will announce the date of their strike at 10 a.m. Monday at the airport.

About 500 workers committed to a strike after a vote Thursday. The workers involved have been trying to organize with the union’s help. They work mainly for private contractors at the airport.

The workers are seeking union rights and a $15 per hour wage. They include baggage handlers, cabin cleaners, janitors, and wheelchair attendants.

SEIU Local 1 President Tom Balanoff says they don’t expect to shut down the airport but will create a disruption. The strike comes during the busy Thanksgiving holiday travel week.