O’Hare workers delay strike until after Thanksgiving weekend

FILE - In this Nov. 29, 2015 file photo, travelers walk to their gates at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago. Hundreds of O'Hare International Airport workers that are trying to unionize have voted to go on strike ahead of the 2016 Thanksgiving holiday. Officials with the Service Employees International Union Local 1 said Thursday Nov. 17, 2016, that about 500 workers have committed to strike. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)
FILE - In this Nov. 29, 2015 file photo, travelers walk to their gates at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago. Hundreds of O'Hare International Airport workers that are trying to unionize have voted to go on strike ahead of the 2016 Thanksgiving holiday. Officials with the Service Employees International Union Local 1 said Thursday Nov. 17, 2016, that about 500 workers have committed to strike. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

CHICAGO (AP) – 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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