“I love working with the public because I always meet different people from all over the world. I enjoy giving a good impression of our great city,” said Margaret Shields, who worked as a retail worker at the O’Hare International Terminal (T5) for the past twelve years until she was fired in January when a new contractor took over.
Just months after taking over retail stores in the O’Hare International Terminal (T5), Hudson Group fired the majority of the existing retail workers. The company fired eleven of the fifteen most senior (and highest paid) workers with a combined total of sixty (60) years experience at O’Hare.
Shields feels she was wrongfully terminated. “In twelve years, I never had any disciplines,” she says.
With two sons in high school, Shields now struggles to provide for her family. “Honestly, I really don’t know but I’m trying to do my best. I have to figure out how to make the groceries stretch each month by being creative with the meals I cook. I won’t always have bus fare to send my kids back and forth to school […][and] my son is a senior in high school so I have a lot of senior fees and prom expenses. I don’t know how I’ll be able to pay them”.
Please join Margaret and other O'Hare and Midway Airport workers at the Wednesday, Feb 29, Chicago City Council hearing on airport concessions deals and the Stable Jobs Stable Airports Ordinance.