Keep Up the Pressure: Airline Worker Relief Expires Next Week

With the airline Paycheck Support Program (PSP) contained in the CARES Act set to expire next Wednesday, September 30, we are urging all members to continue imploring Congress to pass a clean extension of the PSP through March 2021. Adding to the urgency is the possibility of the Republican-majority Senate going on another vacation beginning Friday, September 25.
 
The IAM has led the fight on Capitol Hill from the onset and with only six days remaining, we must increase the pressure.
 
TAKE ACTION NOW:
 
1-      Call your Senators and Representative at 866-829-3298 to urge them to pass a clean extension of the PSP through March 31, 2021, and to save hundreds of thousands of frontline airline workers’ jobs.
 
 
“The Machinists Union stands shoulder to shoulder with Speaker Pelosi and Leader Schumer in their effort to get a coronavirus relief package passed for all Americans,” said IAM International President Robert Martinez Jr. “It is an outrage that working families have already waited more than four months since the House passed the HEROES Act. The Machinists Union will do anything to support our membership and the tens of thousands of our airline members who will be laid off on Oct. 1.”
 
“With only six days remaining before the PSP expires, it is more important than ever that we turn up the heat in Congress,” said Transportation General Vice President Sito Pantoja. “We must band together, use our collective voice and protect the livelihoods of tens of thousands of Machinists.”
 
Recently, the IAM supported the Air Carrier Worker Support Extension Act of 2020, a standalone clean extension bill introduced by U.S. Sens. Roger Wicker and Susan Collins. The IAM also supports a standalone extension in the House, introduced by Reps. Stacey Plaskett and David Joyce.
 
The IAM this week sent a joint airline union coalition letter to senators, pushing them to immediately pass a clean extension of the PSP.

IAM Pushes for Airline Worker Relief on Capitol Hill
 
Outside the U.S. Capitol, IAM International President Robert Martinez Jr. joined other labor leaders, airline executives and politicians to call for an extension of the airline Payroll Support Program (PSP) which offers emergency funding to airline workers that have been decimated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The act, which will save over 100,000 jobs if extended, expires September 30.
 
Click here to see the video.

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Updated: October 1, 2020 — 6:01 am