FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – December 15, 2017
Contact: Noah Carson-Nelson
No Contract for O’Hare Restaurant Workers Yet
Holiday Travelers Advised to be Prepared for a Strike
CHICAGO, IL – HMSHost International and UNITE HERE Local 1 remain far apart on key issues after a negotiation session on December 14th. The contract negotiations affects more than 1200 people who work as bartenders, Starbucks baristas, cooks among other classifications at O’Hare International Airport.
“The company is proposing temporary solutions to permanent problems,” said Tamekah Shivers, a Starbucks barista at HMSHost and union negotiating committee member.
The union advises holiday travelers to be prepared for disrupted services at O’Hare restaurants, bars and Starbucks kiosks. Last week, HMSHost workers voted in favor to authorize the union negotiating committee to call a strike at any time.
UNITE HERE is hand-billing locally and in airports across the country to alert holiday travelers to a possible strike of O’Hare restaurant workers. Sample handbill can be found here.
The next negotiations are scheduled on January 11, 2018
UNITE HERE Local 1 represents about 3,700 food service workers at Chicago’s O’Hare and Midway International Airports.