February 13, 2021
We are asking everyone to get onboard with securing a Payroll Support Program (PSP) extension from Congress. This is not anything new that we are asking you to do, but we do need to step up our game and make a bigger impact.
We know you may be tired of calling. You may feel “what’s the point?” But we cannot rely on others to do the work for us unless we are also willing to accept the result of failure. We cannot, we must not fail, because the alternative could be thousands, or tens of thousands, of us out on the street – without a paycheck, without benefits and away from a profession we all love.
But in the big picture of things look at the effort vs the reward. If each of us calls and emails twice a day, every single day; that is 45,000 contacts per day!
To look at it in a broader sense, if it is only all the United Flight Attendants calling twice a day, every day for a month, that is 1.35 MILLION calls and emails: that is an enormous impact.
But wait, yes, there is more, and it is not a bamboo steamer; if each of us gets 4 more people to call with us, that is 225,000 calls and emails a day or 6,750,000 EACH MONTH.
Every person you can get to call helps:
- Siblings / Children
- Parents / Grandparents
- Neighbors / Friends / Roommates
These numbers are only the ones associated with our direct efforts. They do not include Flight Attendants at other airlines, other airline workgroups and their families. Imagine if we could get 10 MILLION calls to Congress in a single month. That would have a profound impact.
Pie in the sky? We should always choose optimism over dejection, and honestly, what is the alternative? This is our best option, and one in which we agree with United management, our flying partners at other carriers and other industry management.
We have talked about a Flight Attendant family, well this is our big, “to be reckoned with” extended family with whom we are working – so imagine the impact we can make if we settle in for the long-game and each of us makes the commitment to do the work and push as hard as we can. Honestly, the only thing we must lose is less than 5 minutes a day.
We have not only the ability but the power to pull this off. If successful, our pay, benefits and most importantly our careers and industry are protected – no furloughs, no mitigation programs, no unemployment, combined with the ability to take time off through SPCOLA programs. It really is the best, of the best.
If that is not worth sacrificing a few minutes each day for, then what is? If not for ourselves if we are above the line, then for a junior flying partner. If not for just our airline, but for our friends at American, Delta, Southwest and everywhere. If not just for the Flight Attendants, then for the customer service, ramp, and ground workers, as well as every single person tied to our industry who depends on us to fly.
While we are an unimaginably diverse group of people, United Flight Attendants, the core values we all share is our empathy and compassion. Some of us may need to reach deeper than others, but we must all be willing to step up, and do what it takes to create a solid bridge to a secure future we can rely on.
TAKE ACTION: Call, Write Congress
"Hello, I am a constituent calling to ask [Representative] /[Senator] to help save my job as an essential worker. Pass COVID Relief and extend the Payroll Support Program for essential aviation workers through September 2021. Keep us connected to our jobs, our paychecks, and our healthcare. Thank you for your urgent attention to this."
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