News

It’s been a year since the global COVID-19 pandemic began turning our industry and our lives upside down, and CWA airline agents have been on the front lines at stations across the country. Recently we had a chance to talk to some American and Piedmont agents who have been in the trenches, dealing with COVID-19 and other health and safety issues.
A total of 250 passenger service agents received scholarships from the CWA National Education and Training Trust CWA/NETT) in the past few months. The agents took advantage of the funds to pursue new knowledge and brush up on valuable skills.
The U.S. House of Representatives has passed the American Rescue Plan, which includes extension of the Payroll Support Program (PSP) through September 30, 2021. It's now time to make sure the Senate passes the bill to maintain our jobs before PSP expires in mid-March!
CWA and other airline unions call for an extension of the CARES Act Payroll Support Program now to save our jobs!
It will only take a minute to make your voice heard. Send a letter to Congress telling them to extend the CARES Act Payroll Support Program through March 2021 to protect hundreds of thousands of aviation jobs.
American Airlines will be sending Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notifications, or WARN Act notifications, to CWA/IBT Association-covered employees. This notice, which is required by law, will contain information indicating that AA may furlough employees. This does NOT mean you will be furloughed.
American Airlines is now accepting new applications for VLOA that would run through September 30, 2020. Applications are due before midnight Central Time on June 27, 2020. All U.S.-based mainline employees except pilots are eligible to apply.
Based on advice from our legal team and agreement with the Teamsters, we have decided not to open bargaining on our contract this year. We will wait until the next amendable period in the hope that the airline's economic status improves so that we would not be forced to bargain over concessionary proposals.
CWA has worked with American Airlines to reduce union dues for members currently on leave. We will pause all dues deductions for members in these groups and then turn the deductions back on when most members in that group should be returning to work.
Generally, if you take a leave or a reduction in hours as a result of the current economic downturn, you will be eligible for unemployment insurance benefits. These benefits vary by state. There's a new Q and A available with updated information about these benefits.
The AFL-CIO has produced a valuable, searchable tool for finding resources, benefits, and information for workers affected by the COVID-19 crisis. This includes details about unemployment benefits in each state. We're sharing that and other new resources with members.