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In March, Congress passed the American Rescue Plan, which extended the Payroll Support Program (PSP) through September 30, 2021, keeping passenger service agents and other aviation workers connected to our essential jobs and healthcare. The next legislation we need Congress to pass in order to help all working families is the Protecting Our Right to Organize Act, also known as the PRO Act,
As travel opens up after the lockdowns and quarantines of 2020, reports from every region of the country about incidents of unruly and sometimes violent behavior by passengers are on the rise. CWA is working with other unions, lawmakers, the FAA, DOT, and airline management to find solutions to this urgent issue.
Many Leads transitioned to the L1 title after our contract was ratified, but the duties are different. L1s are managers and cannot work in the bargaining unit as Leads do. Please help protect our jobs by taking a short survey.
From the LA Times on our victory against Agent assaults: As airlines report increased violent incidents caused by unruly passengers, the federal government has ruled that anyone who assaults an airport ticket agent will face the same fines and prison time as if they had attacked a Transportation Security Administration agent or other law enforcement officer.
Our voice was heard! The Department of Justice and the Department of Transportation agree with our interpretation of the original intent of the statute regarding passenger rage in airports. CWA originally brought this issue to then Senator Kerry in 2002 with clear language that should have applied to all airport employees with security duties. The language was subsequently interpreted to only apply to law enforcement personnel and TSA employees.
On the weekend of August 13-14, Kala Saxon (LAW) and Marie Gage (ORD) attended the historic first Fight for $15 Convention in Richmond, Virginia. Kala and Marie joined thousands of hard-working men and women in calling for a fair wage and an economy that works for everyone, not just the 1 percent. The workers marched through the former Confederate capital to emphasize that the fight for economic and racial justice are forever linked.  
Over the past few months the Envoy bargaining team has seen some steady progress in working toward a first contract for agents. At the most recent meeting, September 14-15, CWA and the company agreed on the System Board of Adjustment to make sure cases unresolved through the Grievance Procedure are sent to a neutral party for resolution. Full details of the meeting are here. The bargaining team will be back at the table October 20-21.
Chris Kress believes in getting to know other people and “walking around in their shoes” before making judgments about them. That’s what she’s been doing since January. A veteran agent at American Airlines, Chris is currently on assignment as a CWA organizer with Envoy. She would describe herself as a good listener who wants to help bridge the gap in wages and respect between AA and Envoy agents.
Your CWA Bargaining Team has reached an interim agreement on reduction in force/furlough procedures. The interim agreement, which will remain in force until members ratify their first collective bargaining agreement, clarifies the process by which employees can be furloughed and provides new rights.
Employees may be furloughed based on staffing needs at each station. In case of a furlough, the company will provide at least 30 days notice to the employee and the union.

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The U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate will soon be voting on an FAA extension bill which includes language that would revise the Security Identification Display Area (SIDA) badge for all airport employees. The revision extends the employment background checks for any employee, potential or current workers, with access to secure areas from 10 years to 15 years and increases the number of disqualifying infractions considered.