Chicago airport workers protest low wages on MLK Day

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CHICAGO -- Nearly 50 airport workers rallied in front of United Airlines downtown headquarters to mark the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday with a day of civil disobedience.

The protest was part of a coordinated campaign across the country to draw attention to low wages.

Workers are demanding $15 an hour and the right to unionize.

Some of the workers blocked traffic on Franklin Street and were cited by Chicago Police for the disruption.

Many airport employees work for companies that are contracted by the airlines and include wheelchair attendants, security workers, janitors, fuel dispensers and baggage handlers.

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