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by Steven Ross Johnson
4:53pm
Wed Dec 12, 2012

Calls For Emanuel To Rebid O'Hare Janitors Contract Get Louder With Increased Union Support (VIDEO)

Chicago Federation of Labor President Jorge Ramirez joined a growing chorus of supporters on Wednesday who are calling on Mayor Rahm Emanuel to reconsider a $99 million city contract that would cause more than 300 union custodial workers at O’Hare Airport to lose their jobs by the end of this week.

Ramirez, who has been considered an ally of Emanuel, was joined by fellow labor leaders and advocates at a press conference held at City Hall to oppose the a five-year deal with United Maintenance Inc., to provide cleaning services to O’Hare beginning December 15.

“This contract really jeopardizes the well-being of close to 350 men and women who go to work every day keeping the world’s busiest airport clean,” Ramirez said. “These workers have done nothing wrong, yet on Friday, less than two weeks before Christmas they stand to lose their jobs.” 

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by Aricka Flowers
1:58pm
Thu Dec 6, 2012

Alleged Mob Ties By O'Hare City Contractor Continues To Make Waves

The alleged mob ties of a new city contractor, who is costing more than 300 O'Hare workers their jobs right before the holidays, continues to make waves in the news.

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by Steven Ross Johnson
5:29pm
Wed Dec 5, 2012

O'Hare Janitors Set To Lose Jobs Before Holidays Hold Vigil At City Hall (VIDEO)

Time is running out for more than 300 O’Hare janitors who stand to lose their jobs by the end of next week as a result of a new city contract.

Local clergy members and workers' rights advocates held a prayer vigil with airport workers at City Hall Tuesday afternoon in a last ditch effort to persuade city officials to reverse their decision to award a $99 million custodial contract to a company critics claim plans to replace union jobs with non-union, lower-paying positions.

More than 100 supporters filled the fifth floor hallway outside of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office in protest over the city’s five-year agreement with United Maintenance Company Inc. to provide janitorial services for the airport beginning December 15.

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by Aricka Flowers
1:38pm
Fri Nov 30, 2012

O'Hare Janitors Refuse To Back Down In Fight For Their Jobs (VIDEO) (UPDATED)

O'Hare janitors worried about the future of their jobs made a trip to Mayor Rahm Emanuel's house yesterday afternoon to protest a new city contract. The workers rallied outside of the mayor's home on his 53rd birthday to protest the deal that will cause some 300 workers to lose their jobs next month, just days before the holidays.

“We don’t know how we will pay the bills, how we will put food on the table. We won’t be able to celebrate Christmas this year with our kids,” Manuel Nieves, a janitor at O’Hare for seven years, said about the impending layoffs. “Obama is always here for the working people, but our mayor’s ultimate purpose is to help the rich, not us.”

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by Aricka Flowers
4:09pm
Mon Nov 26, 2012

CPS Proposes Moratorium On School Closings After This Year, CTU Disagrees With Plan

Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett has proposed a five-year moratorium on school closings starting next school year.

The caveat? That state legislators approve a request to push back the announcement of the schools the district plans to close at the end of this academic year. The district, which should — by law — announce impending school closures by December 1, would like to push back the announcement to March 31, but needs the state legislature to approve the delay. 

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by Steven Ross Johnson
2:22pm
Mon Nov 26, 2012

New O'Hare Janitorial Contract Shows Need For Responsible Bidders Ordinance, Union Says (VIDEO)

The impending loss next month of 300 custodial jobs at O’Hare International Airport has raised concerns over the future relationship between city leaders and organized labor.

At a meeting held last week at the headquarters of SEIU* Local 1, the Local's President Tom Balanoff sat alongside seven janitors as they spoke about the impact the loss of their jobs would have on themselves and their families.

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