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It’s been a year since the global COVID-19 pandemic began turning our industry and our lives upside down, and CWA airline agents have been on the front lines at stations across the country. Recently we had a chance to talk to some American and Piedmont agents who have been in the trenches, dealing with COVID-19 and other health and safety issues.
A total of 250 passenger service agents received scholarships from the CWA National Education and Training Trust CWA/NETT) in the past few months. The agents took advantage of the funds to pursue new knowledge and brush up on valuable skills.
The U.S. House of Representatives has passed the American Rescue Plan, which includes extension of the Payroll Support Program (PSP) through September 30, 2021. It's now time to make sure the Senate passes the bill to maintain our jobs before PSP expires in mid-March!
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.
As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to affect communities across the globe, CWA leaders are engaging with American, Piedmont, and Envoy to ensure that they are providing CWA agents with comprehensive safety and prevention measures and to ensure they are following our collective bargaining agreements.
There’s a simple bottom line for every passenger service agent, no matter what their position or the size of their station: We should be able to come to work without fear of angry customers abusing us with words or actions.
Last August our CWA family lost a valued member in a workplace tragedy. Kendrick Hudson, a 24-year-old passenger service agent and member of CWA Local 3645, was killed when the vehicle he was driving at CLT flipped over. Recently the North Carolina DoL cited Piedmont with a $19,600 penalty for safety violations.
Thank you to the nearly 500 Piedmont agents who completed the safety survey conducted by CWA in December 2019. The results are helping us approach management with concrete information to resolve health and safety issues that affect all of us.
I am a Passenger Service Agent with American Airlines’ subsidiary Piedmont at Charlotte Douglas International Airport. I’m writing this article on behalf of the whole leadership team at Local 3645 about an issue that affects every passenger service employee—our safety at work.
In memory of Piedmont agent Kendrick Hudson, who died in a preventable workplace accident, CWA is launching a survey to document hazards as part of our fight for safer working conditions. Please help by taking the survey.