Pelosi Statement on Imminent Relief for Airline Workers

October 2, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement calling on airlines to hold off on furloughs and firings as an agreement for relief for airline workers is being reached:

“The massive furloughs and firings of America’s airline workers jeopardize the livelihoods of tens of thousands and threaten to accelerate the devastating economic crisis facing our nation.  Today, I am calling upon the airlines to delay their devastating job cuts as relief for airline workers is being advanced in Congress.

“We will either enact Chairman DeFazio’s bipartisan stand-alone legislation or achieve this as part of a comprehensive negotiated relief bill, extending for another six months the Payroll Support Program.  This initiative is focused solely on the workers, keeping them on the payroll so these workers maintain their critical training and certification requirements unique to their industry.

“As relief for airline workers is being advanced, the airline industry must delay these devastating job cuts.”