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USThe union that ended the last shutdown prepares to protest

06:15  09 february  2019
06:15  09 february  2019 Source:   nymag.com

Flight attendants union warns of possible airport chaos if there's another shutdown

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Democrats took control of the House after last November’s congressional elections. During the shutdown , Trump has routinely blamed them for the It pointed out that she had invited Trump to make the State of the Union address at the Capitol but said the shutdown complicated the situation.

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The union that ended the last shutdown prepares to protest© Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images Sara Nelson, international president of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA. Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Congressional negotiators toldPolitico on Friday that they’re working on a deal that will prevent second government shutdown on February 15. If they can’t – or if President Trump again refuses to accept whatever compromise they reach – hundreds of thousands of federal workers and subcontractors will find themselves without income once more.

The last shutdown ended, in part, because workers revolted: after missing two paychecks, 10 air traffic controllers called out sick, an absence significant enough to severely delay air traffic in New York City and Washington, D.C. Now, as another shutdown looms, workers are preparing for the worst.

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Sara Nelson, the president of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, told New York on Friday afternoon that her union is working with labor partners to plan a series of demonstrations in major airports around the country on February 16. Nelson, who called for a general strike in response to the last shutdown, offered manifold reasons for this new call to direct action.

“Our union has worked really hard to address several safety issues in the workplace that have been longtime priorities, and we actually achieved 18 of those priorities in the FAA reauthorization bill that was signed into law this past October. But those items have not been implemented, because there’s been a shutdown,” she said. “So we can’t even get to our parochial issues because we’ve got this incredible threat to our fundamental safety and security and the entire industry’s ability to operate.” Nelson previously told New York on January 25 that her union intended to “mobilize immediately” if the shutdown continued; hours later, legislators reached a compromise that reopened government for three more weeks.

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In an interview on CNN's "State of the Union ," the Alabama Fresh off the longest government shutdown in U.S. history, Trump has signaled that he is prepared to shut down the government Democratic leaders will force a vote on a resolution that states that “ shutdowns are detrimental to the

Government shutdown protests include this rally against a partial government shutdown at a protest hosted by the National Air Traffic Controllers Despite their vital role in directing air traffic, controllers who are working through the shutdown will not be getting a paycheck for the last two weeks of work.

In anticipation of another shutdown, Nelson says that the union will be out leafleting in airports in 80 major cities next week ahead of Saturday’s demonstrations. “We are also working very hard to get information out to all of our members about what’s at stake. We need people to fully understand what the issues are so that we can be prepared to respond potentially with withholding our service, if that’s what it takes to stop a continuation of the shutdown,” she added.

The AFA isn’t working alone. Nelson cites the American Federation of Teachers as “a very strong ally” in addition to Unite Here, which represents many federal subcontractors who have still not received backpay for paychecks withheld during the shutdown. Reached by phone on Friday afternoon, Randi Weingarten, the president of the American Federation of Teachers, told New York that AFT is “very concerned” about the shutdown’s impact on both the aviation industry and its unions. “We are working together to do what is impossible to do alone,” she said.

Even if negotiators reach a deal that keeps government open, Nelson says there will still be demonstrations on the 16th, though those protests may “differ in size and scope” if a second shutdown does not occur. Subcontractors still need backpay, and the union wants the provisions of the FAA re-authorization bill implemented. “We need a government that works. And just avoiding a shutdown that is a risk and a tremendous burden and a betrayal of millions of Americans is a really low bar,” she said.

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