Supporters of a living wage ordinance for Chicago airports are using the recent firings of workers to renew their push.
Union leaders said 12 employees were fired from Hudson News in the international terminal at
Jim Baker, a spokesman for the union Unite Here, said several of those fired in recent days were among the highest-paid Hudson workers at O'Hare. The union, which represents about 1,300 workers at the city's airports, has been pushing for a living wage ordinance.
Aviation Commissioner Rosemarie Andolino has opposed the wage standards. She said in an email statement that Hudson fired the workers for cause following a 90-day probation period after Hudson took over operations in the international terminal in November.
"This is a matter between Hudson and the union representing Hudson workers related to the collective bargaining agreement between those two entities," Andolino said in the statement.
Hudson sells books and magazines in the international terminal as part of a contract for Westfield Concession Management to run concessions. Mayor
A Westfield spokesman could not be reached for comment Thursday.