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MEC Officer Holiday Message

Date: December 24, 2020

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Ladies and Gentlemen:

As has been the case throughout most of this year, yet another holiday season in 2020 will be different. Celebrations during this holiday season, how and where they will occur, will once again be driven by the pandemic. As the CDC has advised, the safest way to celebrate this holiday season is at home with the people who live with you. And, while the science of this recommendation is undeniable, the reality is that people still have unique needs that require travel this holiday season. As essential workers, we play a vital role in making this travel possible for many who rely on air travel. 

This past week, the United States Congress acted on legislation intended to provide the emergency relief that is essential to keeping the economy running while providing the vital assistance so many American families, including airline workers, desperately need to care for themselves and their families. Earlier, we shared in our collective accomplishment in getting this legislation through Congress and onto the President’s desk. Despite those Herculean collective efforts, during this season of giving and hope, we are again facing the inconceivable – a delay in the enactment of this legislation that is critical for so many of us. 

While this delay creates a level of uncertainty, focusing on that which makes us hopeful is, after all, the reason for the season. Consider the past two weeks have seen the emergency authorization of two Covid-19 vaccines, both of which are now being distributed across our nation and around the world. We look forward to ushering in a New Year and the hopeful start to a new Presidential administration. The advent of the vaccine’s introduction and its use in combination with other events represent for us the light at the end of the tunnel. In the same way, seeing this past week the bright light of the “Christmas star”, a rare astronomical event that hasn’t occurred in more than 800 years, in its symbolism, reinforces our optimism and reinvigorates our sense of hope.

Our role in aviation is as unique as are the relationships we share with one another. We are connected and each of us is part of our unique extended family; all related through our profession. This holiday season, as with so many other families, despite our lack of physical proximity to one another, we remain connected. And, while not physically together in our unique environment on the aircraft, we continue to support one another and share our experience in a way those outside of our careers may never fully appreciate. In this way, we have a certain unique advantage this holiday season. It is on this advantage we must rely as we move into the holiday and the New Year that lies ahead.

On behalf of the United Master Executive Council and the many volunteers in our Union, we extend to you and your families, wherever they may be and however you may celebrate, wishes for a warm, safe and healthy Christmas celebration.

In Solidarity,

Ken, Adam, Jeff

United Master Executive Council

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