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O’Hare airport workers to announce strike date Monday

(CHICAGO) Thanksgiving holiday air travelers will soon learn when hundreds of workers plan to strike this week at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport.

Service Employees International Union Local 1 officials say they will announce the date of their strike during a Monday news conference. About 500 workers committed to a strike after a vote last week. The workers are trying to organize with the union’s help. They work mainly for private contractors at the airport and include baggage handlers, cabin cleaners, janitors, and wheelchair attendants.

The workers are seeking union rights and a $15 per hour wage.

It wasn’t immediately clear how such a strike would affect operations at O’Hare, which is one of the nation’s busiest airports. The Chicago Department of Aviation has said it doesn’t anticipate any disruption in service.
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Metra to test real-time information screens at stations

Screens providing real-time information to travelers will be installed at Metra stations in Chicago and the suburbs through 2017. | Photo provided by Metra

(CHICAGO) Downtown and suburban Metra stations have been selected to get outdoor, high-definition screens that will provide travelers with information in real time through a new pilot program.

The 55-inch screens will give travelers information about train arrivals, service alerts, weather and emergency information like Amber Alerts, according to a statement from Metra. Clear Channel Outdoor will provide advertising on the screens through 2021.

In Chicago, the screens will be installed at the LaSalle Street Station, Millennium Station and Ogilvie Transportation Center, Metra said. Another 22 suburban stations will also get the screens. Installation was expected to continue through 2017.