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Association Of Flight Attendants President Sara Nelson Calls For General Strike If Government Shuts Down Again

Published Tuesday, February 12, 2019
by Tess Bonn/MSN News
Association Of Flight Attendants President Sara Nelson Calls For General Strike If Government Shuts Down Again

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The president of a Union representing nearly 50,000 Flight Attendants is renewing calls for a General Strike if lawmakers aren't able to reach a funding deal on Friday (February 15th) to keep the government open.

Sara Nelson (pictured above), who serves as the President of the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA), told multiple news outlets, including Hill.TV that her Union is planning demonstrations in major airports around the country on February 16 and she hopes all Airline Workers will take part.

"We are calling on the public on (February 16th)," Nelson said in a "Rising" interview with Buck Sexton and Krystal Ball on Monday (February 11th). "If we are in a day thirty-six of this shutdown, (we want everyone) to come to the airports."

Nelson, who also called for a General Strike during the partial government shutdown, argued that politics should not get in the way of airport safety and security: "Everyone (must) demand that this Congress work for us and get politics out of our safety and security."

Lawmakers have been adamant about avoiding another partial government shutdown, even though border security negotiations remain at an impasse.

Nelson said she personally spoke with Air Traffic Controllers who are still waiting for their due pay and she warned that some may never get this compensation back if the government closes again.

While the majority of Federal Workers have been able to collect lost pay, the Associated Press reports hundreds of others across various agencies are waiting for back pay or have not received all of what they are owed.

"Most of the Air Traffic Controllers ‘have not been made whole and will not be made whole until the (March 5th) check,’" Nelson told Hill.TV. "Now, if we go into a day thirty-six of a shutdown, ‘that puts them into continued uncertainty and they might never get that back pay.’"

The Boston-based Flight Attendant added that forcing Government Employees to work without pay is "immoral," and said that preventing such a move from happening again requires "bold action."

"We ‘have to ask, are we a country that's willing to put up with people willing to work without pay - it's immoral, it's unjust and it requires really bold action,’" she said.

To Directly Access This Labor News Story, Go To: www.msn.com/en-us/travel/news/flight-attendant-union-calls-for-general-strike-if-government-shuts-down-again/ar-BBTrWbu?ocid=spartandhp&fbclid=IwAR3eSnSTnu8FEA4sqxvO8rDwJFfatyE4cGongNcAD4h17aT_tWkr7cP6Anw

And For More, Read: Meet The Militant Flight Attendant Leader Who Threatened A Strike—And Helped Stop Trump's Shutdown… It's Entirely Possible That Workers Could Again Get Furloughed And Cut Off From Pay. And Sara Nelson Wants Everyone To Understand How Her Members Are Willing To Sacrifice In Response at www.commondreams.org/views/2019/02/10/meet-militant-flight-attendant-leader-who-threatened-strike-and-helped-stop-trumps

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