Aldermen says mayor is being hypocritical in handling of O’Hare janitors

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Three days before hundreds of O`Hare Airport workers prepare to lose their jobs, some Chicago alderman are calling on Mayor Rahm Emanuel to rebid the airport’s cleaning contract and pass a Responsible Bidders Ordinance.

The cleaning contract, which is funded through airline fees, was awarded to United Maintenance.

The aldermen say the low bid cannot cover current wages and benefits.

The company is set to begin work at O`Hare on Friday. Hundreds of janitors and window washers could lose their jobs.

The aldermen say the new contractor has reported ties to the mob and would pay airport janitors and window washers $11.90 an hour – a pay cut of up to 30 percent for the vast majority of the current workforce, who make more than $15 an hour.

The Responsible Bidder Ordinance has 31 co-sponsors.

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