Aviation Unions and Airline CEOs to Hold Joint Press Conference on Capitol Hill Today to Push for COVID Relief to Prevent Mass Layoffs

WASHINGTON -- Today, Tuesday, September 22nd, leaders for the nation’s top aviation unions and CEOs from numerous airlines will hold a joint press conference to implore Congress and the Administration to act urgently as the clock ticks down to October 1, when furloughs will happen across the industry if there isn’t an extension of the Payroll Support Program (PSP).

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AFA Statement on Introduction of Wicker PSP Bill

Washington, D.C. (September 21, 2020) — Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS), chairman of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, and Susan Collins (R-ME), chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies, today introduced the Air Carrier Worker Support Extension Act of 2020 that would extend the airline worker Payroll Support Program (PSP) through March 2021.  AFA International President Sara Nelson released the following statement:

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AFA to McConnell: 15 Day Deadline. Pass COVID Relief NOW.

Association of Flight Attendants-CWA President Sara Nelson calls on Congress to pass COVID relief before mass furloughs create a new unemployment wave

Washington, D.C. (September 15, 2020) — Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) International President Sara Nelson issued the following urgent statement to lawmakers:

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Flight Attendant Union Holds Moment of Silence to Honor September 11 Heroes

Flight Attendant Union Holds Moment of Silence to Honor September 11 Heroes

Washington, DC (September 11, 2020) – The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) issued the following statement on the 19th year since the September 11, 2001 attacks changed the country and the Flight Attendant profession forever:

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Over 15,000 United Flight Attendants Out of Work, Unless Congress Acts to Extend Payroll Support Immediately

WASHINGTON, DC (September 2, 2020) — Following the reduction in force announcement from United Airlines, Association of Flight Attendants-CWA International President Sara Nelson released following statement:

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AFA Statement on Industry Furlough Announcements

WASHINGTON, DC (August 25, 2020) — Following the furlough announcements from United, American, Delta and other airlines over the last week, Association of Flight Attendants-CWA President Sara Nelson released following statement:

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Executive Orders Kill Our Jobs, But Congress Can Save Them

Washington, D.C. (August 9, 2020) — Following the announcement of Executive Orders from the White House, Association of Flight Attendants-CWA International President Sara Nelson released the following statement:

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Republicans Confirm Overwhelming Bipartisan Support For PSP Extension

WASHINGTON, DC (August 5, 2020) — Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO International President Sara Nelson, representing nearly 50,000 Flight Attendants at 19 airlines, released the following statement on a Senate Republican letter supporting an extension of the Payroll Support Program:  

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Flight Attendants Applaud Bipartisan Majority Push for Extension of Payroll Support Program

WASHINGTON, DC (July 27, 2020) — Association of Flight Attendants-CWA International President Sara Nelson, representing nearly 50,000 Flight Attendants at 19 airlines issued the following statement applauding 223 bipartisan members of Congress for calling for an extension of the CARES Act Payroll Support Program (PSP) through March 31, 2021.

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OP-ED: To get air travel off the ground, we need federal action

This Opinion was originally published in The Hill on July 27, 2020. 

JULY 27, 2020 — Thanks in part to airline pilots, flight attendants and other aviation workers, the U.S. airline industry has begun a fragile return to the skies — but the effort will be lost without commitment from the Trump administration and Congress to continue to protect aviation jobs, mandate a healthy flying environment and help us inspire more passengers to fly. 

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