The 35-day federal government shutdown/lockout left the U.S. aviation system near collapse. That’s according to the president of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, who says it could happen again as soon as mid-February.
“Can this happen again?” asked NATCA president Paul Rinaldi earlier this week at the Aero Club of Washington. “Yes. It’s the proverbial Humpty-Dumpty,” Rinaldi told reporters. “Put it back together, but it could fall down again.” The air traffic impact alone affected 12 million people directly, millions more indirectly, and affected a full 20th of the U.S. economy.
Air traffic controllers played a key role in ending the shutdown/lockout: President Trump finally caved in after an hour-and-22-minute morning shutdown of New York’s busy LaGuardia Airport due to lack of staffing, which rippled throughout the U.S. air system.
On today’s labor calendar, there’s a demonstration at the Zimbabwe embassy on New Hampshire Avenue at 11a this morning to protest the violent repression of worker protests last week.
Details at dclabor.org; click on Calendar.
In today’s labor history, on this date in 1864, led by 23-year-old Kate Mullany, the Collar Laundry Union formed in Troy, New York, and raised earnings for female laundry workers to $14 a week; they had been just $2 per week.
Today’s labor quote is by Kate Mullany, who, when a newspaper claimed that there weren't enough women in New York to be labor organizers, said confidently:
"You show me the women and I'll turn them into organizers."
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