Teamsters union leaders, allied with Mayor Rahm Emanuel, will no longer try to represent airport janitors working for a company the mayor hired last year amidst objections from other labor leaders, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) said that hundreds of its members were left without jobs when Emanuel signed a five-year, nearly $100 million janitorial contract with United Maintenance for O'Hare Airport, the article stated.
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According to the article, as recently as last month the Teamsters were claiming that they had the backing of a majority of United Maintenance's O'Hare janitors, however the Teamsters are now saying that they no longer want to represent the airport janitors.
"Please be advised the Teamsters Local 727 hereby disclaim any and all representational interest in the previously recognized unit of airport workers," said Teamsters boss John Coli in a May 6 letter to United Maintenance.
In April, SEIU filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) alleging that United Maintenance "unlawfully coerced" its O'Hare employees to join the Teamsters, the article
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