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Labor Leader Sarah Nelson Says Workers of Disrupted Industries Must Be Engaged in Green New Deal Solutions

Labor Leader Sarah Nelson Says Workers of Disrupted Industries Must Be Engaged in Green New Deal Solutions

Eoin Higgins, staff writer

"Our country, our economy doesn't work without aviation."

That's what the international president of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO, Sara Nelson, told Common Dreams in an interview Tuesday. Nelson believes that the airline industry needs to get on board with finding swift solutions to the climate crisis.

"Let's have lawmakers, scientists, and innovators get together to keep planes in the air," said Nelson.

Engaging workers who will be displaced as a result of moving fossil fuel driven energy to renewable energy and related transitions is a no brainer - they definitely need to be included in the process of finding workable solutions to jobs and work…

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Retrofitting any house to heat and cool itself is obviously going to require a saw, a tape measure and some boards and plywood. It’s always possible that some robot could work the saw and tape measure, but I doubt it. We’re going to need people.

I’m an innovator. BTW, you do know that if a plane goes 20% slower, it encounters 59% less air friction, saving about that much fuel. But then the airlines would all have to pay their pilots and flight attendants 20% more for being in the planes longer, so it’s better to waste all that extra fuel than to overpay the unionized people.

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“Let the rich bastards that profit off our misery pedal themselves across the Atlantic.”

That’s what the international president of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO, Sara Nelson, told Common Dreams in an interview Tuesday. Former triathlon competitor Nelson believes that first class seating should be replaced with stationary, ‘long-chain’ cycle machines that power twin propellors.

“They can still watch movies, just like when they’re at it on their pedal masters at home or in their gyms, and flight attendants will hand out bottled water and beat a drum at the necessary tempo to stay aloft,” Nelson explained.