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Make an Impact: PSP Photos

Date: March 5, 2021

As we reported, we have a mission:

Shelly“The industry that I love has been devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic this last year.  Many of my co-workers have been involuntarily furloughed and lost access to their benefits and healthcare.  Without the extension of PSP, we are looking at again furloughing 9100 flight attendants at United Airlines. That is almost half of our flight attendant population. We are not a number; we are flesh and blood. We need the #ExtendPSP to pass now. This is not a partisan issue, it's a human issue.”

Stacy - "Passing the PSP is not only important for myself and my fellow coworkers at United Airline’s but for the millions who are unable to work during the pandemic.  I have an underlying health condition and catching COVID-19 could be very detrimental to my health. The PSP has allowed me to take a voluntary furlough and given me piece of mind knowing that I will be able to pay my bills, while there been so much uncertainty." 

Bob - "Congress must extend the Payroll Support Program for the sake of all aviation workers. As a 30+ year veteran Flight Attendant, I do not want to see so many of our newest and not so new sisters and brothers of this amazing profession to be out of a job, no paycheck or benefits, especially health benefits during a pandemic. Extend PSP!"

Tyler -
 "An extension to the Payroll Support Program (PSP) means the continuation of health insurance in a global pandemic as well as the continuation of a source of income for our flying family.  Setting aside even ten short minutes everyday while you’re drinking your coffee in the morning to call, text, email and even tweet your representatives can make all the difference in this unprecedented situation.  The crucial moments to act are now as we inch closer and closer to another deal being made."

Amanda – “PSP means to me that I can keep myself heathy and safe during a pandemic. Without my United Health & Wellness benefits I am left to pay the full cost of prescription medications costing over $1300 that are needed for my personal well-being. I have been with United for 5 years and this is my dream career. My employment has been short to date and I had only just begun to formulate a backup plan and build an emergency savings fund to pay my mortgage and feed myself during periods of adversity.

“PSP extension ensures that I and thousands of my coworkers will not lose our homes, healthcare or connection to our company. It gives us time to recover from our current hardships while not having to worry where and when our next paycheck will come. I urge Congress to help the millions of aviation workers across America by passing the COVID relief bill with airline aid.”

Taylor – “For the past year I’ve taken an unpaid leave of absence from United Airlines; to avoid getting sick and to save a job for a more junior Flying Partner. The PSP is important to me, not only to help me get through these difficult times financially, but also to help those more junior Flying Partners at my airline, who have already been laid off once. If the PSP passes again, it will help them from losing their jobs and health benefits during this global health crisis. “

Darius -
“Hi, my name is Darius and I’m a relatively junior Flight Attendant who changed careers in 2018, after being with a different company for over 10 years. I found a new career that would allow me to interact more with the public and do something I was passionate about – I became a Flight Attendant! 

“… one of the most valuable perks from our job for me has been my health insurance.  This provided a continuity of care with my previous health care support system, which enabled me to make some important life changes, such as this career.  As we all know, this past year has been a challenge with all that we’ve been required to manage with the pandemic.  Having that care from my health-care support system has been integral to making sense of how to handle all the difficult decisions we’ve all had to face.  Please extend PSP because affordable health insurance is critical on so many levels.”

We want Congress to understand why an extension of the Payroll Support Program (PSP) is so vitally important to each of us, our airline, and our success.

Please send us your photo!  An ideal picture would be you at work, in full uniform and mask compliant.  An alternative could be outside of work, in a private setting, where uniform or mask inclusion are not necessary. Make sure your AFA pin is visible!

Please email your photo and testimonial to pspphotos@unitedafa.org, along with your name and base, to be featured in an upcoming edition of E-Lines and our website (only your first name will be used).  We encourage as many as possible to participate in this effort to help in successfully accomplishing a PSP extension outcome that benefits us all.

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