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With storms coming, in order to help manage the amount of mando overtime we have settled one of the staff grievances with a trial period to determine if this is a better way to manage mando overtime in reservations. We developed this trial based on suggestions received from bargaining unit members.
American Airlines is still experiencing a considerable disruption to its business as a result of the COVID-19 epidemic. In the first quarter of 2021, the company reported revenues that were 53% below the same quarter of 2020 and 62% below the same quarter in 2019. The CWA-IBT Association has decided to postpone opening the contract for bargaining until the airline is in a more stable position to avoid any unnecessary concessions.
President Biden moved the deadline for states to make all adults eligible to get a coronavirus vaccine to April 19. To encourage employees to be vaccinated, American Airlines announced an incentive program that applies to all American Airlines Group employees based in the United States, including those at Envoy and Piedmont.
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.
American will start providing face masks for those front line team members who choose to wear them at work. Masks will be sent to stations throughout early April with more added as supplies increase. Plus information about what to expect if you volunteered for VLOA or VEOP.
The grants for the airline industry in the Coronavirus relief act are supposed to fund paychecks and benefits for two million hourly workers, including passenger service agents and reservations agents. Let's make sure that happens.
On March 25, 2020, the U.S. Senate passed a $2.2 trillion economic relief bill that included $58 billion in aid for U.S. airlines. CWA worked to ensure the package includes $25 billion for employee wages, salaries, and benefits.
CWA has been working with American Airlines to allow agents to work at home wherever possible in an effort to keep everyone safe, acknowledging agents' requests. We hope this can be expanded going forward. Here we provide current details and answers to questions as of March 22, 2020.
This is a difficult time for employees at American Airlines. Your CWA/IBT association has answers to your questions. Some of the information is new and in some cases is different from what you may have seen previously. All information is up-to-date as of April 6, 2020.