For Immediate Release
AIRCRAFT MECHANICS ACROSS THE UNITED STATES APPLAUD THE PASSAGE OF THE CARES ACT
CENTENNIAL, Colo. – March 27, 2020 – Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association (AMFA) National Director Bret Oestreich, released the following statement:
On behalf of the over 4,000 aircraft mechanics representing Alaska Airlines, Horizon Air, and Southwest Airlines, AMFA applauds the U.S. Congress passage of bipartisan legislation to provide financial stability to the hard-working men and women on the front lines providing safety and security to the American flying public during this unparalleled time of adversity. In addition to the unprecedented health crisis we are facing, the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has brought with it devastating economic consequences. And now, the airline workers are at the front line of one the most economically impacted industries.
AMFA strongly urges all U.S. passenger air carriers to participate in the financial relief programs established in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The CARES Act will provide direct payroll support to a U.S. passenger air carrier to provide salary and benefits for aviation workers. This support is critical to our workforce and critical to the future of U.S. aviation.
AMFA encourages the President’s swift action to sign this bill immediately.
The Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association is a craft oriented, independent aviation union. AMFA represents licensed and unlicensed technicians and related employees actively involved in the aviation industry. These technician and related employees work directly on aircraft and/or components, support equipment, and facilities. AMFA is committed to elevating the professional standing of technicians and to achieving progressive improvements in wages, benefits, and working conditions of the skilled craftsmen and women it represents. For more information about AMFA visit www.amfanational.org.