Pelosi Asks Airlines to Pause Furloughs Pending Passage of a Relief Bill

By Paul Riegler on 2 October 2020
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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi vowed on Friday to obtain additional aid for the troubled airline industry after the provisions of the Cares Act Payroll Support Program expired on September 30.

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, which passed in March provided airlineswith $25 billion in payroll support with the proviso that carriers do not furlough or lay off any employees through the end of September.

The speaker said an additional aid package could either be part of a standalone bill just for the airline industry or as part of a much broader economic stimulus bill.

“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,“ the speaker said in a statement.  “Today, I am calling upon the airlines to delay their devastating job cuts as relief for airline workers is being advanced in Congress.”

American Airlines and United Airlines began to cut a combined 32,000 jobs as the Cares Act provisions began to expire.  CEOs of both airlines said that the layoffs could be unwound should Congress pass a new payroll support act in the coming days.

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