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Union fighting for O'Hare janitors

July 10, 2012

CHICAGO — The latest tension between Chicago Mayor Rahm and major Chicago labor unions is centered on O''Hare International Airport, where the city is poised to award a new janitorial contract that could cost hundreds of workers their jobs, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is appealing to the mayor and the city inspector general to head off a $99 million bid from a company that union leaders accuse of undercutting competitors by planning to replace veteran custodians and window cleaners with cheaper labor, the article stated.

"The mayor holds the ultimate decision on this," said SEIU Local 1 President Tom Balanoff. "The mayor can look at a situation and say, ''I don''t think that''s a responsible contractor. I don''t want that,''" Balanoff added.

According to the article, the current contract for custodial services at O''Hare, with a company called Scrub Inc., expired June 30.

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