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Union alleges widespread wage theft at O'Hare airport

Union alleges widespread wage theft at O'Hare airport

A union trying to organize the janitors, baggage handlers, security officers and other low-wage workers at O'Hare International Airport said it filed 80 wage theft complaints Wednesday with the city and state, accusing airport contractors of stiffing workers on their paychecks.

Calling the complaints "the tip of the iceberg" and wage theft at the airport "serious and widespread," Tom Balanoff, president of Service Employees International Union Local 1, called on government agencies to investigate and for the city to follow standards when awarding contracts.

"With airline profits soaring, O'Hare could be an economic engine for the entire city,"...

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