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The grants for the airline industry in the Coronavirus relief act are supposed to fund paychecks and benefits for two million hourly workers, including passenger service agents and reservations agents. Let's make sure that happens.
On March 25, 2020, the U.S. Senate passed a $2.2 trillion economic relief bill that included $58 billion in aid for U.S. airlines. CWA worked to ensure the package includes $25 billion for employee wages, salaries, and benefits.
CWA is devoting all available resources to making sure that the airlines and our government are doing everything possible to protect and support CWA agents and all transportation workers. We are calling on Congress and the President to provide immediate federal assistance to lessen the impact of the pandemic.
“I’m thrilled that we’re now under the same protective umbrella as other airline employees. We’re on the front line: when passengers get mad we hear about it first. It’s a great victory. It looks like all of our work paid off. United action really works.” —DeAnna Davis, Envoy, BPT
Justice Department confirmed that passenger service agents are, in fact, covered by legislation adopted in 2002 that set significant penalties and jail time for anyone who "interferes with airport and airline personnel who have security duties."