TAKE ACTION: Urgent Need to Extend Aviation Jobs Program
February 3, 2021
The best path forward for us to avoid any Involuntary Furlough is to pursue a Payroll Support Program (PSP) extension. A PSP keeps every single Flight Attendant, in fact, every single airline employee connected to their jobs, pay, benefits and careers. This is an easy choice to make, but a difficult undertaking – because the money is far from a certainty. We have a White House and Congress who are more sympathetic to our needs, but we will have to work very hard and fight every step of the way to be successful.
As the U.S. and countries around the world ramp up vaccine production and distribution, the end of the pandemic is in sight. But unless Congress acts, recovery will be too late to avoid catastrophe for aviation workers, and the air service infrastructure that will help with this recovery will be pulled apart.
When the Payroll Support Program (PSP) was created last March, we all expected to be well on the road to recovery by September 2020. While the current extension through March 2021 started the recall process and restored pay and benefits, it was always intended for this to be a bridge to full recovery. We need a longer runway for vaccine distribution, and job protections in the meantime, to allow recovery to lift off.
Congress must take every action possible to keep more Americans from joining the ranks of the unemployed. We are asking the Biden administration and Congress to extend the PSP through September 30. Mass layoffs will devastate workers, and they will add hundreds of thousands of workers to overwhelmed state unemployment systems. The PSP has been the most efficient, cost-effective program in providing COVID relief. It is the ONLY jobs and #WorkersFirst program. Now is not the time to let it expire.
All aviation Unions are united in the fight to extend PSP. Read a letter to Congress from AFA and APFA. It is by far the best use of the public’s money, not only providing continued paychecks, but also health insurance, retirement contributions, continued social security contributions, and continued payment of state, local and federal taxes that support other jobs and programs on which our communities depend for their survival.
Send a letter now and tell Congress that extending the PSP means essential workers stay healthy and safe and the aviation industry remains ready to fully aid in the recovery.