Thank you @SenSchumer for joining us today to talk about the path forward for aviation workers and our industry as we work to defeat COVID and extend a workers-first recovery—and for your fierce support of aviation workers from the start 1/9 #ExtendPSP
Please listen to the @afa_cwa members who shared how the pandemic has upended their lives—and how important it was to have protection from the Payroll Support Program we fought for and won with support from champs like @SenSchumer, @SpeakerPelosi and @RepPeterDeFazio 2/9
It's wonderful to feel a tailwind as @JoeBiden musters the full strength of the federal government to coordinate the response we needed from the start. In this moment, the feeling of relief has taken on a deeper personal meaning for me 3/9
This moment isn't about me, but I share this in hopes it will help others. Just after the attack on our Capitol & attempt to overturn our democracy on Jan. 6, I began feeling sick, and tested positive for COVID-19. Soon after, my husband and son tested positive as well 4/9
Our family has been careful, but with the virus spiking we are all at heightened risk, especially the essential workers— including Flight Attendants—who are on the front lines and have been since Day 1 of this crisis 5/9
What I want to tell you is that COVID is very real. It's been over 2 weeks since I started feeling sick, & I struggle to catch my breath just talking or going to the kitchen. But the worst is watching my husband struggle and feeling unable to help each other. 6/9
Getting the virus under control will take all of us. Please don’t risk it. Stay home if you can. When you do go out, wear a mask and follow good sanitary guidelines. When you're eligible for the vaccine, don't hesitate 7/9
I say often solidarity is a force stronger than gravity. We need solidarity right now. We can come together and beat this. 8/9
More than 400,000 American lives have already been cut short—soon, more will have died from COVID than gave their lives fighting in WWII. As @JoeBiden said, this is a wartime effort, and I'm glad we're finally approaching it as one. Let's all do our part to defeat this enemy 9/9
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Come on, all. Every time people get on Trump’s talking points we lose. He’s done this over & over. If this bill is not signed (it won’t be unless we all get wise to what he’s doing) all that will happen is people will die of starvation. You can’t retroactively restore lives 1/6
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3. If it doesn’t exist, create it.
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First, let's be crystal clear: the aviation plan in this bill is labor's plan. @afa_cwa proposed it, our labor family leaned in, @RepPeterDeFazio championed it, many others helped, and @SenSchumer and @SpeakerPelosi made sure it crossed the finish line #WorkersFirst 2/8
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