Congress Leaves Without Relief, AFA Plans Day of Action on Dec. 1

Congress Leaves Without Relief, AFA Plans Day of Action on Dec. 1

November 20, 2020 — Congress will leave town for their Thanksgiving break without passing essential COVID relief for millions of Americans, including aviation workers. It is infuriating and unacceptable

Staff of the four Congressional leaders – Speaker Pelosi, Leader McConnell, Minority House Leader, Minority Senate Leader Schumer — met yesterday about government funding that must pass by December 11 to avoid a government shutdown. Separately, they discussed COVID relief.  

Airlines for America, the trade association for major U.S. airlines, sent a letter to Congress yesterday calling for an extension to the Payroll Support Program, highlighting the need for airlines to be strong to help distribute a COVID vaccine. Major airline CEOs signed the letter.

We have scheduled more #ReliefNow events for the week after Thanksgiving targeting Chicago, Houston, and Los Angeles on December 1 as a Day of Action. Schedule a #ReliefNow event in your city for that day.

Rededicate your efforts to making three calls a day and tweeting Congress. We are looking to share Flight Attendant furlough stories, please email your story with a picture or video to crewlife@afacwa.org

Call Congress: #ExtendPSP

SENATE: 888-848-4824
HOUSE: 888-907-9365

"Hello, I am a constituent calling to tell my (Senator/Representative) that aviation workers are out of time. Furloughs have begun and we only have short time to reverse course. We need relief and an extension of the Payroll Support Program TODAY. Without an extension of this successful jobs program, there is no backstop for layoffs. This is just the start. Inaction is not an option. We are out of time #ExtendPSP now. Thank you.”

Tweet Your Representative and Senators (add pictures of you in uniform to each!):

We've made it easy to Tweet at your lawmakers. Click here to get started. Or, you can copy and paste the following Tweets into your Twitter. 

  • Flight Attendants are hurting—losing our jobs, healthcare, homes, more. We need #ReliefNow, not later. NOW. Get it done. #ExtendPSP
  • Flight Attendants & aviation workers are out of work and more layoffs are coming! Extend the Payroll Support Program TODAY, [tag your Senators/Representative]! Pass #ReliefNow to save my job & healthcare! #ExtendPSP
  • I’m one of thousands of furloughed Flight Attendants who needs [tag your Senators/Representative] to act to extend the Payroll Support Program TODAY. We need #ReliefNow! #ExtendPSP
  • Tell your personal story using the hashtags #ReliefNow and #ExtendPSP

If you do not know your Senators or Representatives' Twitter handles you can find them here! Don't have Twitter, set up an account today to take action. Here's how >

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