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Record #: R2013-1141   
Type: Resolution Status: Failed to Pass
Intro date: 12/11/2013 Current Controlling Legislative Body: Committee on Aviation
Final action: 5/20/2015
Title: Call for hearing(s) regarding conduct and business practices of The Hudson Group at Chicago Midway Airport
Sponsors: Brookins, Jr., Howard, Fioretti, Bob, Dowell, Pat, Sawyer, Roderick T., Cullerton, Timothy M., Arena, John, Moreno, Proco Joe
Topic: COMMITTEE/PUBLIC HEARINGS - Committee on Aviation
Attachments: 1. R2013-1141.pdf
Related files: R2015-407

RESOLUTION

WHEREAS, by ordinance passed on September 27, 2000, and published at pages 41583-41613 of the Journal of Proceedings of the City Council of that date, the City Council awarded a concession to Hudson JRE Midway Joint Venture ("Hudson Midway") for operation of a concession at Chicago Midway Airport ("Midway"); and

WHEREAS, by ordinance passed on April 11. 2007, and published at pages 102507-102547 of the Journal of Proceedings of the City Council of that date, the City Council awarded a concession to Hudson News - O'Hare Joint Venture ("Hudson O'Hare") for operation of a concession at Chicago O'Hare International Airport ("O'Hare"; and

WHEREAS, although nominally different entities, Hudson Midway and Hudson O'Hare both include Hudson News Company, doing business as The Hudson Group ("Hudson") in their ownership; and

WHEREAS, on its company website, Hudson claims both Hudson Midway and Hudson O'Hare as part of Hudson; and

WHEREAS, Hudson O'Hare and Hudson Midway serve substantially the same purpose, offering substantially the same product lines to travelers in and out of Midway and O'Hare; and

WHEREAS, in spite of claimed common ownership and common product lines, Hudson does not maintain a common pay scale for workers at Midway and O'Hare; and

WHEREAS, workers at Hudson Midway are paid an average hourly wage of $8.92, while Hudson O'Hare employees receive an average of $10.05 per hour - a difference of 12.7%; and

WHEREAS, Hudson Midway employees have no pension program and are not guaranteed raises, while Hudson O'Hare employees have a pension program and have received two raises in the past year; and

WHEREAS, the injustice of such varied treatment of similarly situated employees is obvious, and must be dealt with; and

WHEREAS, as the entity that has legal authority to award, renew or deny renewal of concessions at O'Hare and Midway, this City Council is in a unique position to assist the cause of justice; now, therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED that the...

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