Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, which includes an extension of the Payroll Support Program (PSP) through September 30, 2021. The bill now moves to the U.S. Senate for a vote. This critical bill affecting the jobs of many CWAers including passenger service agents and AFA-CWA Flight Attendants, needs to pass and be signed by President Biden before mid-March when the PSP expires.
The bill would provide $1.9 trillion in relief for Americans, including $15 billion in funds to help airlines maintain their payrolls through September. It would ensure no involuntary furloughs, no reductions to hourly pay rates, continued service to all of our communities, a cap on executive compensation for two years beyond the relief, and a ban on stock buybacks and dividends for a year beyond relief.
While there is light at the end of this very long tunnel, we must continue to make our voices heard. Take a moment to send a message to your Senators today, and every day, until the bill passes.