American Airlines, unions make new push to win government payroll assistance

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American Airlines chief executive Doug Parker and seven major airline unions on Wednesday made a new push to win additional government assistance to keep nearly 20,000 workers on the payroll past Oct. 1.

People walk past an American Airlines logo on a wall at John F Kennedy (JFK) airport in in New York Nov 27, 2013. (Photo: REUTERS/Carlo Allegri)

17 Sep 2020 02:05AM

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WASHINGTON/CHICAGO: American Airlines chief executive Doug Parker and seven major airline unions on Wednesday made a new push to win additional government assistance to keep nearly 20,000 workers on the payroll past Oct. 1.

In a letter to congressional leaders, the White House and Treasury, Parker and the unions warned "nearly 20,000 American Airlines team members are facing furloughs in just two short weeks, and several markets in our domestic network are at risk of significant reductions in air service."

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The letter implored the leaders "to find a way to work together to reach agreement on a COVID-19 relief bill that includes a clean extension" of payroll support.

The letter added: "Our conversations with each of you suggest a deal is within reach, and there is no time to waste."

Last month, American said it planned to suspend flights to 15 smaller U.S. airports in October as travel demand remains low due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Congress has been weighing for weeks whether to grant U.S. airlines another US$25 billion in payroll assistance that would Read More – Source

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