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Politics Southwest Airlines, unions call for six-month extension of government aid

05:10  22 september  2020
05:10  22 september  2020 Source:   thehill.com

Airline job cuts loom in battleground states

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(Reuters) - Southwest Airlines Co said on Thursday it intends to apply for U.S. government aid to help it ride out the sharp drop in travel demand Half of billion in available aid for U.S. airlines is in the form of grants that would cover employee payroll through Sept. 30. The deadline to

(Reuters) - Southwest Airlines Co said on Thursday it intends to apply for U.S. government aid to help it ride out the sharp drop in travel demand Half of billion in available aid for U.S. airlines is in the form of grants that would cover employee payroll through Sept. 30. The deadline to

Southwest Airlines urged the Trump administration and congressional leadership on Monday to extend the relief the airline industry received in March by six months to avoid massive layoffs.

a large passenger jet sitting on top of a runway: Southwest Airlines, unions call for six-month extension of government aid © Greg Nash Southwest Airlines, unions call for six-month extension of government aid

Southwest CEO Gary Kelly and industry unions asked for a six-month renewal of the aid "to save jobs, preserve careers, and extend our ability to fight for our People and our airline" in a letter to President Trump and congressional leadership.

United Airlines, unions call for six-month extension of government aid

  United Airlines, unions call for six-month extension of government aid United Airlines urged the Trump administration and congressional leadership on Friday to extend the relief the airline industry received in March by six months to avoid massive layoffs. United CEO Scott Kirby and industry unions asked Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and House and Senate leadership in a letter to restart "critical" negotiations on COVID-19 relief legislation that includes the extension. The unions included were theUnited CEO Scott Kirby and industry unions asked Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and House and Senate leadership in a letter to restart "critical" negotiations on COVID-19 relief legislation that includes the extension.

American Airlines urged the Trump administration and congressional leadership to extend the relief the airline industry received in March to help offset the effects of the coronavirus pandemic by six months to avoid massive layoffs.

Unions are gaining support in Congress for another billion in federal aid to protect airline workers from layoffs for another six months . The CEO of Southwest Airlines said he supports an extension of federal dollars for airline payrolls, but he doesn't see the same urgency in Washington.

The unions included the Southwest Airline Pilots Association, Transport Workers Union of America AFL-CIO, the Airline Division of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, among others.

The CARES Act, signed into law in late March, included the Payroll Support Program (PSP) for airlines, which meant aid recipients were prohibited from firing or laying off employees until Oct. 1.

"We face continued uncertainty and a forecast that does not point to a significant return in travel demand in the near term. We need your action, now," they wrote.

Airline CEOs plead with Washington as layoffs loom

  Airline CEOs plead with Washington as layoffs loom The race to prevent massive airline layoffs in October is heating up with CEOs and union leaders pleading with the White House and Congress to reach a deal for more industry aid. Employers say they will have to start cutting tens of thousands of jobs in a little more than a week without congressional action. But despite bipartisan support to prevent job losses from hitting flight attendants and pilots, an agreement remains elusive amid a stalemate over a broader coronavirus relief bill. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.

American Airlines , unions call for six - month extension of government aid . Southwest plane returns to gate because 2-year-old not wearing mask.

The Air Line Pilots Association is calling for an extension through March 21st. Either way, it would be about a six - month extension of the current payroll support. One requirement that the government instituted as part of CARES Act funding was that airlines had to maintain minimum essential service.

Kelly was in Washington last week to meet with White House chief of staff Mark Meadows. He called the meeting "very good."

"As the representative of the Employees at Southwest, we respectfully urge you to enact a clean extension of the PSP as soon as possible. As stated in March, we will always put our People first," they wrote.

The letter follows one on Friday from United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby and airline industry unions and one on Wednesday from American Airlines CEO Doug Parker and airline industry unions, both requesting the same six-month extension.

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