A new face of organized labor

Sara Nelson, the president of the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA-CWA), is an example of what a labor leader should be—one who is unafraid to use labor’s only power, the strike.

Sara Nelson

During the government shutdown, she talked about a general strike in support of Transportation Security Administration workers, who were being forced to work without pay.  Her voice was one big reason why so many airline employees called in sick in the following days, forcing the Trump administration to step down.

Flight attendants, by the way, do much more than serve soft drinks and snacks and give demonstrations of how to use oxygen masks.  They are responsible for safety and security, and are first responders in case of any emergency, including a forced landing.

I learned about her and the AFA-CWA by reading an article about her in The New Republic and the text of a great speech she gave at an annual dinner of the Democratic Socialists of America in Chicago.  If you care about American labor, I recommend you read the article and the speech.

LINKS

Sara Nelson’s Art of War by Kim Kelly for The New Republic.

People Are Ready to Fight, a speech by Sara Nelson to the Chicago chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America.

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