A labor contract at O’Hare Airport is going to leave 350 workers out of a job just weeks before Christmas and today, the mayor reacted to his decision to go with a firm mired in controversy.
Alleged mob ties and cheap labor are just some of reasons one union is using the rest of this week begging the mayor to rebid the custodial contract at O’Hare Airport.
President of the Chicago Federation of Labor Jorge Ramirez is not giving up the good fight, he says. Mayor Emanuel has until Friday to decide if he will rebid the $99 million five year custodial contract already awarded to Richard Simon. Simon is the United Maintenance owner who SEIU Local 1 accuses of having ties to the mob.
Despite the good working relationship between the mayor and the union head, they dont see eye to eye when it comes to this contract.
But it is very likely going to happen. The contract would cut costs and save the city close to $10 million.
Killing the SEIU contract weeks before Christmas has prompted protestors to take to the streets in recent days
While their efforts are’ going unnoticed, it seems clear today that the deal is done.