As soon as Congress passed a second bailout for U.S. airlines, United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby told employees being brought back from furlough to expect to be let go again because the government only required them to keep people employed through March 31, in exchange for 10 times the money they’d have to spend on those employees. He was positioning for a third bailout.
American Airlines is bringing back its furloughed employees, but no flight attendant will actually return to work until March 2. Only one-third will return in March. And the government only requires employment through March 31, in exchange for the roughly $3.5 billion they should receive.
The Association of Professional Flight Attendants, which represents American’s cabin crew, plans to push for a third bailout.
President Trump signs COVID-19 aid bill averting government shutdown, and bringing much needed payroll protection to our furloughed Flight Attendants. In a collaborative effort, you made this happen! The fight is not over. APFA will continue to push for airline relief and the protection of our Flight Attendant’s income and health benefits.
American’s flight attendants union isn’t alone. United Airlines flight attendants union head Sara Nelson said this morning on CNBC’s Squawk Box “We may need some additional funds to get us to the summer.”
Remember that Delta and Southwest haven’t furloughed any employees, but as a result of this bailout will receive billions of dollars ostensibly meant to pay furloughed employees anyway. So yeah, let’s go for round three.