As discussions between lawmakers about COVID-19 relief legislation continue, the Allied Pilots Association remains optimistic that the federal government will act soon and extend the Payroll Support Program. An extension would enable American Airlines and other carriers to recall all furloughed employees. On Oct. 1, 880 of our pilots and thousands of other employees were furloughed, with more scheduled to follow in November and December.
In the meantime, we will continue aggressively advocating on behalf of the 15,000 American Airlines pilots we are proud to represent. It is our sincerest hope that lawmakers will decide to set aside partisan politics for the good of our co-workers, the airline industry, and our nation as a whole.
We are grateful for those of you who answered our call to action to contact lawmakers about much-needed COVID-19 relief. Whatever happens in Washington, D.C. in the coming days and weeks, we want you to know how much we appreciate your support.
Capt. Eric Ferguson, APA President