Sara Nelson on her way to organize Delta flight attendants

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Before the pandemic, Sara Nelson had become one of the most visible leaders of the labor movement. The Association of Flight Attendants represents some fifty thousand workers and nearly twenty airlines, and as the union’s international president, Nelson has made regular appearances on The News, MSNBC, CNBC and Fox Business. During the pandemic, she has emerged as a critical voice amid reports of unruly and abusive passengers, urging Congress to pass greater protections for airline staff and pushing for restrictions on the sale of alcohol in airport terminals. “We still have a lot of work to do to get things under control,” Nelson told Jennifer Gonnerman, who introduced her last month, “and make sure people don’t think that when you get on a plane, you have to hit the flight crew. Organized labor is resurfacing, with recent Amazon campaigns making headlines. Nelson talks about the push to unionize flight attendants at Delta Air Lines, which if successful, would be one of the biggest union wins in recent history, covering nearly twenty-four thousand workers.

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