COVID-19 is still very much a threat to our health, jobs, industry and entire country. Every airline is reviewing current staffing levels and predictions for the fall, as payroll support and no involuntary furlough requirements end October 1. That’s why we are fighting to extend the CARES Act Payroll Support Program and our job protections through March 2021.
While we fight for an extension, the airlines are notifying employees of potential furloughs as required by federal and state laws. Aviation workers, including American Airlines Flight Attendants and Delta Pilots have begun receiving "WARN notices" sent to employees who could be subject to furlough. These notices are a "warning" of a potential furlough, they are not notices that actually furlough employees. We expect more WARN notices to be received by aviation workers across the industry over the next month.
A WARN Notice is a legal notice 60 days (minimum) in advance of mass layoffs. WARN notices are provided to all workers that may be furloughed. Most AFA contracts require airlines to offer voluntary leaves, early outs, job shares, or voluntary furloughs before involuntary furloughs. These options will lower the number of involuntary furloughs. We are also encouraging airlines to put in place other voluntary options for people such as early outs and early retirement options. Bottom line, WARN notices do not determine actual involuntary furloughs - but we should take these notices seriously and redouble efforts to extend the CARES Act Payroll Support Program.
The most important action you can take for our jobs is to send letters and make calls. Stay informed, engaged and active. Together, we can protect our jobs and our careers for the future too.
Call your Representative and Senators: Flight Attendants and family should make three calls every day. Two to the Senate line and one to the House line.
Hello, I am a constituent calling to ask [Representative] /[Senator] to help save my job as an essential worker. Take legislative action in July to extend the CARES Act Payroll Support Program for aviation workers in order to avoid massive job loss in October. Keep us connected to our jobs, our paychecks, and our healthcare. Thank you for your urgent attention to this.