On Oct. 1, over one hundred thousand airlines employees and many more aviation workers employed by subcontractors started the process of filing for unemployment.
It is not too late to roll back the furloughs that are devastating aviation workers. We call on Congress to immediately pass a standalone clean extension of the Payroll Protection Program (PSP) and restore jobs, healthcare and stability to these essential workers.
Furloughs became effective in early October 2020, when Congress failed to pass a relief package including a PSP extension. Without a deal, airlines moved forward with previously noticed furloughs and there's no longer a backstop against further job loss.
Airlines have said they will recall these workers if a PSP extension is reached within days. We do not have weeks. We don't even have several days.
Aviation jobs lost will spike unemployment numbers further. Research shows that each aviation job supports 3.55 additional jobs.
Flight Attendants have met with Congress, called, emailed, tweeted and rallied to ask to extend this efficient, effective jobs program.
We strongly support a comprehensive package that provides relief to ALL American workers, but aviation workers' time is up and a standalone bill is the only way to reverse this job loss and ensure the critical infrastructure of air service remains intact during this pandemic. Congress cannot wait to act for aviation workers.
It is time for Congressional leadership to pass a standalone extension of the PSP through March of 2021. Only an act of Congress signed by the president can provide the stable, guaranteed relief essential aviation workers need. There is broad bipartisan, bicameral support for extension. Every minute of delay makes it harder to avert disaster for these workers.