“I was proud of making a living on my own. I didn’t have to depend on anybody. I was paying my own bills,” Dennis says.
In January 2012, Hudson Group fired 12 International Terminal workers, including Dennis, when it took over the contract for the retail stores in the terminal. The company fired the most senior and highest paid employees from the existing retail workforce, tossing out a combined sixty years experience in the terminal.
“After stocking merchandise all night I was called in at 5:05am and told due to poor job performance I was fired. The Company never said anything before that to me about my job performance. My manager couldn’t even look me in the eye,” said Dennis, a resident of Chicago’s Gresham community.
“If this ordinance was a law I would still be employed,” Dennis said of the Stable Jobs Stable Airports Ordinance, introduced by thirty-one aldermen in late 2011 but still awaiting a City Council vote. “I would still be doing what I would usually do, come to work and do my job.”
Now at nearly 50 years old, Greg faces unemployment and has to apply for government assistance for the first time in his life. “If I get unemployment, it will barely cover my rent. I have to apply for a LINK card and assistance on my ComEd and People’s Gas Bill… Now I have to rely on the City and the state to help me survive”.
Please join Greg at the Wednesday, Feb 29, Chicago City Council hearing on O’Hare and Midway concessions deals and the Stable Jobs Stable Airports Ordinance.