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

00:35  12 february  2019
00:35  12 february  2019 Source:   nbcnews.com

The union that ended the last shutdown prepares to protest

The union that ended the last shutdown prepares to protest Even if the government doesn’t shut down next Friday, flight attendants intend to protest at some major airports.

The Association of Flight Attendants -CWA (commonly known as AFA) is a union representing flight attendants in the United States. As of January 2018, AFA represents 50

We Cannot and Will Not Risk Another Shutdown . It may take years to get things back to normal. We cannot sustain another Lockout of our critical government functions and the people who make them work.

Flight attendants union warns of possible airport chaos if there's another shutdown© Andrew Caballero-Reynolds Sara Nelson, international president of the Association of Flight Attendants, speaks during a press conference on aviation safety during the government shutdown at Reagan National Airport in Virginia on Jan. 24, 2019.

The head of the flight attendants' union on Monday called for demonstrations at the country's airports if there's another government shutdown — and warned that her members might have to stop working.

While avoiding the term "strike," Association of Flight Attendants-CWA head Sara Nelson said the recently concluded 35-day partial shutdown had stretched the airline industry to the breaking point and "made all of us less safe."

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Flight attendants or cabin crew (also known as stewards/stewardesses, air hosts/hostesses, cabin attendants ) are members of an aircrew employed by airlines primarily to ensure the safety and

The U.K.’ s second busiest airport , Gatwick, reopened its runway early this morning after a day of shutdown triggered after drones were repeatedly spotting flying nearby. Passengers are still being advised by Gatwick to check the status of their flight with their airline before travelling to the airport .

And, she noted, flight attendants have a right to a safe workplace.

"We will not participate in a system that is not safe," Nelson said. She called on Americans to come out to the country's airports for mass demonstrations on Saturday to show their support if the government does shut down again Friday night. She urged those who were interested to sign up on the website, generalstrike2019.org.

"We believe it is time to talk about a general strike," the site says. "A true general strike would take months of planning. But we cannot allow that to stop us from taking action now. We must do what we can immediately."

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Sara Nelson, the flight attendants union leader whose strike threat helped end the government shutdown , speaks to Jacobin. CHAOS is deeply destabilizing to corporate management. “It could be a single flight , where there is no replacement. It could be shutting down an entire airport , or it could

While flight attendants were not directly impacted by the shutdown, flight controller and transportation safety officers were, leading to lengthy delays at some airports.

Nelson noted some of those employees have yet to receive their pay.

"They won't be able to take care of their families. They were already stressed to the nth degree," she said.

"Congress is creating an extremely chaotic situation," Nelson said, and if it doesn't get its act together, "We're going to create order where Congress is creating chaos."

The last shutdown ended on January 25, after airports across the Northeast experienced major delays because air traffic controllers did not show up to work.

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