As President Trump’s shutdown drags on into its 35th day with no sign of any respite and the end of the month — with all its requisite mortgage, rent, insurance payments, and other myriad bills — loom over the heads of the federal workers who have been toiling without pay for weeks now, their patience is finally beginning to break with the missing of their second paycheck.
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And so breaks the President.
Traffic control workers “calling out sick” en masse led to the grounding of planes out of New York’s LaGuardia and delays of hundreds of flights at Philadelphia, and Newark airports. They are joined by 14,000 IRS workers who refused to show up to work today
The angry workers followed up that disobedience with the mobilization of both the air traffic controllers and the flight attendants union, who issued threats of work stoppage. This would obviously paralyze America’s air traffic and leave millions of passengers stranded, causing unprecedented chaos.
Air Traffic Controllers are driving Ubers to make ends meet.
This is how many planes are in the air right now. pic.twitter.com/ddy44E5eR9
— Zach Braff (@zachbraff) January 25, 2019
“This is exactly what [the Association of Flight Attendants] and other aviation unions have been warning would happen,” AFA President Sara Nelson said. “Do we have your attention now, Leader McConnell? All lawmakers? Open the government and then get back to the business of democracy to discuss whatever issue you so choose.”
When asked if they would show up for work, Nelson responded with “Showing up to work for what? If air traffic controllers can’t do their jobs, we can’t do ours.”
The call-outs by angry, unpaid workers have forced those who continue to work to pull double shifts while dealing with the stress of never knowing when their next paycheck is coming in, which is putting everyone at risk — and they’ve decided enough is enough.
Air traffic controllers "are making mistakes that they hadn’t made in the 10, 15, 20 years …. They’re making them because they’re stressed out, because they don’t know when this [shutdown] is going to end."
—Trish Gilbert, National Air Traffic Controllers Assoc.
Via PBS pic.twitter.com/aIBN89GVWo
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) January 25, 2019
The threats appear to have forced the president’s hand, as the President is set to announce a temporary re-opening of the government in a humiliating defeat.
Trump has wasted untold billions of dollars, damaged the United States’ economy, heaped unnecessary suffering and hardship on the families of millions of people, and done enormous damage to our national parks, all for his personal desert monument to xenophobia — which he’s never going to end up getting.
That alone should be an impeachable offense.
Several Democratic sources briefed on the talks say Trump is caving on shutdown, @DanaBashCNN & @mkraju reporting. Dana adds a GOP source familiar with the plan said the president now does not plan to announce an executive order.
— Jim Sciutto (@jimsciutto) January 25, 2019