AFA Statement on New HEROES Act

Washington, D.C. (September 28, 2020) — U.S. House of Representatives Democrats and Speaker Nancy Pelosi released a new, $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief bill today that includes an extension of the Payroll Support Program to prevent mass furloughs in aviation on October 1:  

“The deadline of mass job loss on October 1 and the non-stop action of aviation workers calling on lawmakers to act has created urgency in Washington and enormous bipartisan agreement. The new introduction of the House HEROES Act, including a six month extension of the aviation Payroll Support Program, is a significant and serious move in negotiations. It makes agreement on a full relief bill very possible in time to save our jobs. Everyone agrees the loss of aviation jobs, air service to our communities, and a dismantling of critical infrastructure cannot happen weeks before this election. Inaction is not an option. We encourage the parties to reach an agreement immediately to put in place #ReliefNow for the whole country.“


The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, (AFA) AFL-CIO represents nearly 50,000 Flight Attendants at 19 airlines. AFA is the union that has advanced the Flight Attendant profession for 75 years, beating back discrimination and improving wages, benefits, working conditions, and aviation safety, health and security in the aircraft cabin. AFA also partners with the 700,000-member strong Communications Workers of America (CWA), AFL-CIO. Visit us at

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