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TWU COVID-19 Legislative Update—March 20, 2020

The COVID-19 situation is changing day by day, and the TWU is committed to providing updated and accurate information for our JetBlue IFCs on the TWU/JetBlue IFC website. We have also provided a dedicated form to directly address questions regarding this ever changing health and economic crisis. In addition to directly fighting for our IFCs, the TWU is also working at the international level to support our Members in every possible way.

The TWU has been on the front line of the legislative fight protect our Members. The TWU pushed hard to broaden the provisions of HR 6201 (Families First Coronavirus Response), which provides paid sick leave; paid family leave; free testing; and expanded unemployment benefits for workers affected by COVID-19, to protect our Members. Unfortunately, U. S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin removed the paid leave protections for private sector workers at the last minute. We will continue to lobby our federal and state officials to provide the same protections that have been mandated for other workers.

Yesterday, the TWU, in coordination with a coalition consisting of thirty unions; airlines; and travel and passenger associations, sent a letter to White House and Congressional leaders to request that the administration and Congress work together as quickly as possible to financially protect our industry, secure the livelihood of airline employees, and avoid furloughs. The TWU, along with fourteen other airline unions, also sent letters to each Senator and Representative demanding that relief offered to airlines include job and labor protections and guarantees that monetary relief will go to frontline employees—our Members.

Now we need your help. We are encouraging all of our JetBlue IFCs to contact their Senators immediately at 202-224-3121 to demand federal assistance for the more than one million American workers at airlines, railroads, and transit systems across the country.

Thank you for your time and attention, and fly safely.