Union says O’Hare city contractor discriminates against African-American workers


They marched Downtown last week in the cold, on the day the nation remembered the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.

And they wore the “I Am A Man” placards carried by Memphis sanitation workers in the 1968 strike — an event the civil rights leader had come to support as part of a “Poor People’s Campaign” he was waging when murdered.

African-American food and beverage workers at O’Hare Airport, members of the Unite Here Local 1 union, said they chose the somber date to highlight their allegations of discriminatory treatment by city of Chicago concessions contractor HMSHost.

HMSHost denies those allegations, primarily inequity in hiring and promotion of African-American workers into tipped positions. The union says African-American workers, on…

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