For 35 days, hundreds of thousands of federal employees were forced to work unpaid, and hundreds of thousands more were locked out of their jobs.
Faced with such a crisis, the federal unions’ protests seemed awfully tame. So it was nice to see the head of one big union call for a mass strike.
“Go back with the fierce urgency of now,” Flight Attendants (AFA) President Sara Nelson told an AFL-CIO conference, “to talk with your locals and international unions about all workers joining together to end this shutdown with a general strike!”
The government shutdown finally ended shortly after Nelson’s call, aided by sickouts of air traffic controllers.