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From The Socialist newspaper, 6 February 2019
United States: strike ends federal shutdown
Unofficial action by airport workers has forced Donald Trump to end the longest unpaid 'furlough' of government employees in history. Air traffic controllers and security staff had increasingly not attended work, threatening the vital commercial flow of air transport.
The president of flight attendants' union AFA, Sara Nelson, called her members out in support. A couple of weeks earlier, Nelson had even raised the need for a general strike.
Within hours, Trump conceded a temporary budget - without funding for his infamous wall - to prevent the strike spreading. Although he is hemmed in on all sides, the big business Democratic opposition could still negotiate a deal which includes divisive attacks on migrants.
As the victorious LA teachers show - strikes get results. US unions should seize the initiative and press their members' demands now, while the administration is on the back foot.
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In The Socialist 6 February 2019:
What we think
Corbyn must prepare for a general election: Remove the pro-capitalist saboteurs - fight for the socialist alternative
College lecturers strike for a pay rise
University and College Union elections
PCS: Campaign for Chris Baugh for AGS
Traffic wardens' strike is just the ticket
Unison: Democracy and the right to speak out are under threat
Historic strike of nurses in Ireland
Backing for the Birmingham homecarers
Tory Brexit farce, Corbyn and unions: Call mass action now
Cash-starved health service ripped off by big pharma - fund our NHS now!
Struggling unis account for bulk of unconditional offers - end education marketisation!
Billionaires avoid paying and even talking about tax! Take the wealth off the 1%
Them & Us
40 years since the Iranian revolution: Learning the lessons for today's new working-class struggles
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Haringey 'Corbyn council' must fight borough regeneration
Victory! Campaign reverses Wallasey fire cuts
Sheffield tree campaigners' legal win
Worcestershire: save the libraries, reverse all the cuts
'Stansted 15' deportation protesters could face jail
North West Socialist Party conference
International socialist news and analysis
United States: LA teachers' strike defeats privatisers
France gilets jaunes' backed by mass strike action
Sweden: dock strikes test new government
United States: strike ends federal shutdown
Film: Vice - Dick Cheney - a cold and calculating opportunist
Theatre: Ballad of Johnny Longstaff
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