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Thousands of our co-workers were furloughed in October, and the health and economic crises have only deepened. We cannot go through another holiday without relief. Call your congressional representative and senators today and every day until they pass a bill.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the significant impact on airlines, CWA/NETT Academy is funding more than 125 training scholarships for CWA passenger services members.
Our calls and letters are making a difference. Negotiations continue among Congressional leaders and the White House to reach a deal to support aviation workers and stop the furloughs. We cannot stress enough how urgent it is to keep calling your senators every day for as long as negotiations continue. It only takes a few minutes.
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.
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.