Representing the Flight Attendants
of American Airlines

Representing the Flight Attendants of American Airlines

3.23.20 – PROTECT OUR JOBS – Contact Congress NOW

Friday, March 20, 2020

URGENT! Workers First –
PROTECT OUR JOBS – Contact Congress NOW

The Senate continued to negotiate a stimulus bill for the U.S. commercial air carriers throughout the weekend. They have still not agreed on what combination of grants, loans, and tax relief the carriers may receive. While President Trump has promised that aviation workers will continue to receive paychecks, we need our Senators to also make good on that commitment. Key Republican Senators have opposed outright grants for the air carriers while the air carriers have made it clear that grants are the best, and perhaps only, way to keep their employees on payroll for the coming months.

It is important to pass this financial support as quickly as possible, however, APFA and other unions maintain that any financial aid the airlines accept must go toward helping the frontline aviation workers who power these companies. There have to be requirements that taxpayer bailout money supports workers first – no blank checks. APFA reiterates that bailout money must support aviation workers first and that no funds be used for stock buybacks or executive compensation.

Financial aid from the government must be directed toward:

  • Keeping aviation workers on payroll – no furloughs
  • Strong requirements that prohibit stock buybacks and executive bonuses
  • Protecting our collective bargaining agreements – no undermining contracts through bankruptcy

 

Since Thursday, 7993 APFA members have taken action and 18,688 messages have been sent. Great job. Keep sending and keep calling. Invite family and friends to also reach out today. Your representatives urgently need to hear from YOU TODAY.

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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.

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 paralyzed the aviation industry through a steep collapse in demand for air travel. While the American Airlines pilots received some extended voluntary leave offers with partial pay, the American Airlines Flight Attendants were only offered extended voluntary leaves that did not include pay. Flight Attendants cannot afford to not have a paycheck. We are adamant that any bailout money appropriated for the airline industry be first targeted toward workers and that no funds be used for stock buybacks or executive compensation. Any monetary support for our industry MUST reach the thousands of hardworking employees who have been suddenly thrust into financial and health insecurity.

Please support a worker first bill that insists that government aid for the airline industry be directed toward:

  • Keeping aviation workers on payroll – no furloughs
  • Strong requirements that prohibit stock buybacks and executive bonuses
  • Protecting our collective bargaining agreements – no undermining contracts through bankruptcy

 

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. Please ensure that any government relief for the airline industry is directed toward helping hardworking Flight Attendants, other airline employees, and the families that we support as we all weather this storm.

In Unity,

Allie Malis
APFA National Government Affairs Representative
legislation@apfa.org

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