In just three weeks, tens of thousands of aviation workers, including AFA-CWA members and passenger service agents, will lose their jobs unless Congress extends the CARES Act Payroll Support Program (PSP). State and local governments are facing massive deficits, threatening CWA members' jobs and the public services we all rely on, and 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.
But instead of acting quickly to pass a bill to extend payroll protection, provide aid to state and local governments, and give local media outlets access to relief programs, Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has left those items out of the bill he is pushing through the Senate this week.
Many Republican Senators support extending the PSP program to save aviation jobs, but if they don't stand up to McConnell, layoffs will begin on October 1 and thousands of working families will be left without an income and healthcare this fall.
CWA President Chris Shelton and CWA members spoke on a town hall call last week about the impact of the pandemic and what we can do to force the Senate to pass legislation to save jobs.
Take action to save jobs at cwa-union.org/heroes.
AFA-CWA members and allies rallied on Capitol Hill this week to call on Congress to act now to extend the PSP program and save thousands of aviation jobs.