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TWU-IAM Association PSP Bulletin 12-21-2020

December 22, 2020 Admin 0

December 21, 2020

After months of delays and false promises, Congress has finally agreed to another round of much needed COVID economic relief. Although votes are still pending in the House and Senate, the stimulus package has benefits for TWU/IAM Association represented American Airlines employees, as well as important funding for distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, assistance to small businesses and additional stimulus checks for individuals who qualify.

“The Association leadership, TWU and IAM membership and our legislative teams have been working tirelessly with other AFL-CIO unions since last May to secure additional relief for our Association members as well as … Read More...

Tens of Thousands of Airline Workers Furloughed, But PSP Extension Still Possible

October 1, 2020 Admin 0

October 1, 2020

The midnight deadline to extend the airline Payroll Support Program (PSP) has come and gone without action from Washington, DC. 

“Tens of thousands of IAM members and other airline employees woke up unemployed today,” said General Vice President Sito Pantoja. “They did not lose their jobs because of COVID-19. They did not lose their jobs because of decisions made by airline executives. Airline workers lost their jobs today because the politicians who were elected to protect them failed to take action in a timely manner to save them.” 

The Machinists Union recognized the need for additional government … Read More...

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Payroll Support Program (PSP) Ending Soon HELP NEEDED NOW!

September 25, 2020 David Supplee 0

September 24, 2020

Sisters and Brothers:

Over the past month, the leaders of most of the major airlines, along with union leadership and members have been on Capitol Hill to push Congress to act immediately to pass a clean extension of the Payroll Support Program (PSP). There are only six days remaining before the PSP expires, and without a clean extension, hundreds of thousands of airline workers face the possibility of being furloughed.

We need all our members, their families, and friends to contact their senators to get Congress to act NOW before the current PSP expires. It only takes … Read More...

IAM Transportation

URGENT: Act Now to Tell the Senate to Extend Airline Worker Relief

July 31, 2020 Admin 0

July 30, 2020

After a majority of the U.S. House indicated support for a “clean extension” of the airline Payroll Support Program, the IAM is now calling on U.S. Senators to step in to save the jobs of hundreds of thousands of airline workers. 

The Senate will soon go on recess and IAM members must act now to tell your Senators to support a clean extension of relief provided for airlines in the CARES Act. 

TAKE ACTION: Tell Your U.S. Senators to Extend Airline Worker Relief 

Airline workers are facing the worst crisis by far in the industry’s history, with … Read More...

IAM Transportation

Machinists, Aviation Unions Commend Bipartisan Push for Airline Worker Payroll Support Program Extension

July 28, 2020 Admin 0

July 28, 2020

The IAM along with other aviation unions are lauding 223 bipartisan members of Congress for calling for an extension of the CARES Act Payroll Support Program (PSP) through March 31, 2021. The program, which allocated grants to commercial airlines and airline contractors for the exclusive purpose of keeping employees on payroll with wages and benefits, is set to expire September 30, 2020.

House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Peter DeFazio (D-OR) led the letter to congressional leadership.

“The IAM thanks the 223 members of Congress for swiftly responding to the airline industry’s call for an extension of
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IAM Transportation

Support Extension of CARES Act NOW!

July 16, 2020 Admin 0

July 16, 2020

Since early this year, the airline industry has faced unprecedented impacts from the COVID-19 virus. Passenger loads, normally in the millions per day, are only now in the thousands. Airlines have parked hundreds of their aircraft and reduced flights to a fraction of what they normally flew.

While we saw an increase in the number of people flying, recently many states are now seeing an increase in COVID-19 infections. Some states are reinstating their “stay at home” orders or closing many of their businesses. As a result, bookings are dropping again.

During all of this at our … Read More...

IAM Transportation

It’s About Life or Death

June 2, 2020 Admin 0

June 2, 2020

In the past few months, we have all been dealing with the deadly global COVID-19 pandemic and the unprecedented collapse of our economy. While we have a lot of work to do on these fronts, these are issues that will be resolved with time, science and sound policies. 

Many Americans have been dealing with an even worse disease for generations, and it is one that cannot be resolved quickly or with a vaccine. The illness is racism, it spreads even faster than COVID-19, and it has evidently infected the White House. 

At a time when people are … Read More...

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Republicans Look to Strip Away Transportation Workers’ Rights

February 3, 2017 Admin 0

Republicans Look to Strip Away Transportation Workers’ Rights

House Republicans introduced a bill Wednesday that would establish Right to Work policies nationwide, including the airline and rail sectors. Such a law would severely affect transportation workers in their fight for economic equality and it would increase the power of corporations over their employees. This law would impede transportation workers  to effectively negotiate fair contracts.

“If the Republicans get this legislation passed, we would not have the necessary resources to continue negotiating industry leading contracts,” said General Vice President Sito Pantoja. “Make no mistake, Right to Work is all about making

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