The Hill reported that if the government is unable to reach a funding deal on Friday which keeps the government open, the president of a flight attendant union will renew a call for a general strike.
Sara Nelson is the president of the Association of Flight Attendants, which represents nearly 50,000 flight attendants. She told news outlets that her union is planning to carry our demonstrations in major airports on February 16.
Nelson argues that politics should not get in the way of airport security.
“Everyone come to the airports and demand that this Congress work for us and get politics out of our safety and security,” she said.
Although negotiations about the border wall remain deadlocked, legislators are adamant that they want to avoid another partial government shutdown.
The 35-day partial government shutdown cost the economy billions of dollars. 800,000 federal workers were left without pay for the month.
Nelson said some air traffic controllers are still waiting on their paychecks, and some may never be paid if the government shuts down again.
"Most of the air traffic controllers have not been made whole and will not be made whole until the March 5th check," Nelson told Hill.TV. "Now, if we go into a day 36th of a shutdown, that puts them into continued uncertainty and they might never get that back pay."
“We have to ask, are we a country that’s willing to put up with people willing to work without pay — it’s immoral, it’s unjust and it requires really bold action,” she said.