Friday, March 20, 2020
Action Alert – Labor Stands Strong – Contact your Representatives NOW
Last night, the Senate introduced its third coronavirus pandemic relief bill which, included $50 billion in support to U.S. commercial air carriers. It is important to pass this financial support quickly, however, APFA and other unions maintain that any aid the airlines accept goes toward helping the frontline aviation workers who power these companies. APFA reiterates that any bailout money appropriated be targeted toward workers and operations first and that no funds be used for stock buybacks or executive compensation.
Financial aid from the government must include the guarantee that:
- Direct assistance is tied to keeping frontline workers on payroll and that benefits are shared with employees
- Stock buybacks, executive compensation, and other non-workforce expenses are prohibited
- Airlines cannot reject or abrogate our collectively bargained agreements during any bankruptcy in the proceeding 5 years
Since yesterday, 5,836 people have taken action and 13,569 messages have been sent. Great job. Keep sending and keep calling every day. Invite family and friends to send a letter. Your representatives urgently need to hear from YOU.
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Now more than ever, all APFA members must speak with one voice and we are asking you to contact your Senators and members of Congress immediately and until we pass this crucial airline aid package. If you have personal connections with legislators, now is the time to reach out. We have sacrificed for our airline before and here we are sacrificing again. Now we must urge our representatives in Washington to ensure that any aid that the airlines receive also reaches aviation workers.
Labor is banding together to ensure that the monetary support for the airlines actually reaches the hardworking employees of aviation who have suddenly been thrust into health, financial, and job insecurity.
These are trying times but we are all in this together. Once again, Flight Attendants are on the frontlines, facing exposure to COVID-19 and suffering the economic effects of the pandemic. We are fighting for you.
Text of letter:Hello Representative/Senator _________,
I am your constituent, an APFA union member, and an American Airlines Flight Attendant. The COVID-19 pandemic has crippled the aviation industry through a rapid collapse of demand that has resulted in a severe reduction of flights, both internationally and domestically. While the American Airlines pilots received some extended voluntary leave offers that included approximately 60% partial pay, the American Airlines Flight Attendants were only offered extended voluntary leaves that included NO pay. This gross disparity indicates that management neither values the roles we play nor understands the challenges we are facing every time we fly.
Passengers are asked to self-quarantine after a flight for 14 days, yet crewmembers are curiously exempt. Our livelihoods, and in some cases our lives, are at risk. We are adamant that any bailout money appropriated for the airline industry be targeted first toward workers and operations and that no funds be used for stock buybacks or executive compensation. Any monetary support MUST reach the hardworking employees of aviation who have been suddenly thrust into financial and health insecurity.
Please insist that any government aid package include:
- A requirement that any direct assistance be tied to keeping frontline workers employed and sharing the benefits with employees;
- A prohibition on subsequent stock buybacks, increased executive compensation, and other non-workforce expenses; and
- Preventing any company that accepts financial assistance from rejecting or abrogating collectively bargained agreements during any bankruptcy proceeding for 5 years following the last payment of such assistance.
We Flight Attendants have stuck with American Airlines in good times and bad, through 9/11 and bankruptcies. In the past, we have sacrificed repeatedly to keep this company afloat and here we are sacrificing again. These are trying times and, once again, Flight Attendants are on the frontlines, facing exposure to COVID-19 and suffering the frightening economic effects of the pandemic. We ask that you please ensure that any government assistance to the airline industry is directed toward helping hardworking Flight Attendants, other airline employees, and the families that we support as we weather this storm.
APFA National Government Affairs Representative
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