The president of the Association of Flight Attendants is calling on “conference activists from across the Labor Movement” to conduct a “general strike to end the government shutdown.”
Sara Nelson, while accepting the 2019 AFL-CIO MLK Drum Major for Justice Award, said, “Almost a million workers are locked out or being forced to work without pay. Others are going to work when our work-space is increasingly unsafe. What is the labor movement waiting for?”
“Go back with the fierce urgency of NOW to talk with your locals and international unions about all workers joining together to end this shutdown with a general strike,” she said.
Separately, the air traffic controllers, airline pilots and flight attendants associations also issued a joint statement sounding the alarm as the shutdown drags on.
On Day 33 of the government shutdown, National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) President Paul Rinaldi, Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) President Joe DePete, and Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) President Sara Nelson released the following statement:
“We have a growing concern for the safety and security of our members, our airlines, and the traveling public due to the government shutdown. This is already the longest government shutdown in the history of the United States and there is no end in sight. In our risk averse industry, we cannot even calculate the level of risk currently at play, nor predict the point at which the entire system will break. It is unprecedented. Source: Association of Flight Attendants
Watch Sara Nelson call for general strike to end government shutdown: