Hey! First post as a member here. During the reading group meeting there was a discussion about the TSA union and the effect of the government shutdown on its workers. As you may know, employees of the TSA recently got their first “paycheck” of $0.00. There are some protests happening by union members, and the TSA union officers are publicly expressing concerns. Some workers are continually calling in “sick” because they aren’t being paid.
I wanted to start a discussion on this, mainly in regard to how we (MADSA) can most effectively show solidarity with these workers and other government employees affected by the shutdown. I also want to pick your brains on why they don’t strike! Do you think it’s fear of completely losing their positions? Would they be more likely to strike en masse if the community around them was ready to help them keep their lights on and food on the table? Someone in these forums knows more than I do about government employee unions and specifically the TSA, so I would love to hear from you. I’ll also be reaching out to Atlanta Jobs with Justice on this topic.
Thanks for reading and responding!