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CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 19: United Airlines jets sit at gates at O'Hare International Airport on September 19, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. In 2013, 67 million passengers passed through O'Hare, another 20 million passed through Chicago's Midway Airport, and the two airports combined moved more than 1.4 million tons of air cargo. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

CHICAGO — A battle is brewing in the wake of the United Airlines passenger dragging incident between an airport union and the city.

The union representing Chicago’s airport police is trying to stop the city’s effort to rebrand officers as security detail, rather than as a “special police force”.

The union has asked the Illinois Labor Relations Board to order the city to leave the airport officers’ “duties and authority” alone until the union has the opportunity to bargain over any changes.