As you may have heard, both houses of Congress passed a bipartisan, COVID-19 relief bill this week. The bill, which was supported by both transportation unions and employers, would have brought back thousands of furloughed airline workers, provided direct aid to pay airline workers, and prevented furloughs for the first quarter of 2021. In addition, it also extended and expanded unemployment payments, provided temporary eviction protection, and would give direct payments of $600 per person to most Americans. Unfortunately, President Trump has not signed the bill, saying that the $600 direct payments should be increased to $2000.
While this comes as a huge disappointment to the parties who worked collaboratively to agree on this bill, the TWU will continue to work with other unions and House and Senate leaders to try to get a bill to protect our members.
Holiday travel has increased and COVID-19 cases have continued to spike across the country. It is more important than ever for our IFCs to protect themselves and each other. We have had several IFCs contact our Health and Safety Committee with concerns that JetBlue is not notifying them of coronavirus exposures or following proper policies after an exposure. We confirmed with JetBlue Management that their policy is to remove any IFC who has been exposed to COVID-19 and continue to adhere to the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed with the TWU. If you discover that you have been exposed to COVID-19, please notify JetBlue. If you are not removed according to Company policy and the MOU, please notify the Union as soon as possible.
Continue to take care of yourselves and each other. We wish you a safe, healthy, and happy Holiday Season.