As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a ripple effect throughout the American economy, our Teamster brothers and sisters in the aviation industry are continuing to stay strong during such a trying time.
I am pleased to report that most of our employers in the Airline Division accepted the Dept. of Treasury grants outlined in the CARES Act, which was designed to cover most of the worker payroll and benefits that were impacted by the coronavirus. The companies that accepted these grants have agreed to conditions on stock buybacks, dividends and executive compensation, as well as no involuntary workforce and pay reductions through the end of September 2020.
I’d like to offer my sincerest gratitude to all of those who called, emailed or wrote letters to Congress during the legislative process leading up to the passage of the CARES Act. It was because of your advocacy on behalf of yourself and your fellow members that this legislation was written with the needs of airline workers in mind – without your hard work, we would be experiencing levels of job losses and pay cuts far worse than anything we have experienced as a result of this pandemic thus far.
I also want to thank all of the Teamsters in aviation who are still on the job because they are essential service workers. Pilots, mechanics, and other Teamsters at companies are coordinating flights from all over the planet to ensure that medical workers on the front lines have the supplies that they need to save American lives during this outbreak.
The Airline Division is working closely with the Teamsters’ Dept. of Political and Legislative Action to monitor additional legislation on Capitol Hill geared towards addressing the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic and we will continue to keep you updated regarding any critical developments. If you have any further questions or concerns, please reach out to your shop stewards or business agent.
Capt. David Bourne
Director, Teamsters Airline Division