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For Whom The Bell Tolls: Janitor edition

December 17, 2012

CHICAGO — A new contract with the city of Chicago means hundreds of workers at O'Hare International Airport officially lost their jobs on Friday, according WLS-TV.

janitor protestA deal that the city says will save millions meant nearly 300 janitors had to turn in their ID badges for the last time on Friday, walking out in solidarity after the last shift ended, the article stated.

Read more: Janitors take protest directly to mayor

According to the article, the janitors, who are represented by Service Employees International Union (SEIU), will be replaced by cheaper non-union workers.

Some of the janitors are being rehired by the contractor; however, they will be compensated at a lower wage than they were previously receiving as union workers, the article noted.

Despite protests and demonstrations, including one outside of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's home, the mayor's office had remained firm that it would not rebid the contract with United Maintenance, the article added.

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