The COVID-19 relief package passed by Congress in March provided funding to keep workers on the payroll, improved access to paid leave, and expanded unemployment benefits. While the economic crisis caused by the pandemic continues, many of those benefits have expired or will expire in the coming weeks.
Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans are refusing to extend these critical programs, putting thousands of CWA members at risk of losing their jobs. Airlines have announced that they plan to cut tens of thousands of jobs on October 1 if the Payroll Support Program is not renewed, including CWA-represented Flight Attendants and passenger service agents. State and local governments face massive deficits, threatening CWA members' jobs and the public services we all rely on. The news industry is fighting for survival, even as readers are turning to local news outlets in record numbers in search of accurate, up-to-the-minute information about how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting their communities.
Next Thursday, September 3rd, at 7:05 pm EDT, CWA President Chris Shelton and members from across the country will host a town hall call to talk about the impact of the pandemic and what we can do to force the Senate to pass legislation to save jobs. Click here for more information and to register.