Take the PledgeFebruary 16 National Stayaway Day

February 16, 2019
Everywhere, United States

This resistance will involve protests at airports and other federal facilities and a call to federal workers to stay away from work.  The concept of a “stayaway” is borrowed from the anti-apartheid movement South Africa, which used this form of protest effectively.

National Stay Away Day

I want to call to your attention an initiative being led by Jobs with Justice in conjunction with some key union leaders (e.g., those from the Chicago and LA teachers unions, and airport service workers at Minneapolis/St.Paul) and progressive organizations (e.g. Our Revolution, Center for Popular Democracy, Greenpeace).

This grows out of the resistance that developed among federal workers in the final days of the recent 35-day shutdown, resistance that included TSA agents calling in sick, IRS agents seeking hardship exemptions that would allow them to avoid coming back to work without pay, and, on the final morning of the shutdown, air traffic controllers at some key facilities calling in sick, which resulted in a traffic stop at LaGuardia and sped the end of the shutdown.

The idea of these organizers is to begin resistance to a renewed shutdown, should one materialize on 2/16 on Day 1.  This resistance will involve protests at airports and other federal facilities and a call to federal workers to stay away from work.  The concept of a “stayaway” is borrowed from the anti-apartheid movement South Africa, which used this form of protest effectively.

Please consider signing up to participate in JwJ’s action and help spread the word: TheNation.com/article/shutdown-national-stayaway-day/