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Union Members Feature: Journalists Represented by the NewsGuild

Andy Nguyen, represented by The NewsGuild-Communications Workers of America, didn’t think he was going to lose his job when he received the email for the “all-staff” meeting. But that is exactly what happened. Dozens of journalists were laid off, including him , because of the financial effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. “It was just a gutting feeling to be told that after next week, we can’t do anymore work. We can’t cover our communities in the middle of this giant crisis where local reliable news is vitally important for the community,” he said. Learn more about how journalists and the whole journalism industry are being affected during these dangerous times.
Aviation Labor News
CNBC: U.S. airline labor unions seek billions more to extend coronavirus payroll aid as demand remains weak – “Unions representing tens of thousands of airline employees on June 25 asked lawmakers for $32 billion in additional government aid to maintain their jobs through the end of March 2021, as air travel demand remains low because of the coronavirus pandemic. U.S. passenger and cargo airlines, as well as airline contractors, had $32 billion in federal aid to keep paying workers under the $2 trillion CARES Act that was signed into law in March. Terms of that aid prohibit the airlines from laying off or cutting the pay rates of employees through Sept. 30 of this year.” Read more from the Transportation Trades Dept., AFL-CIO .

Simple Flying: ALPA Calls for Extension of Federal Aid – “The U.S. Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), has called on the United States Senate to ensure that the airline industry recovers while ensuring frontline workers’ safety. In a letter written to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, ALPA outlined additional measures to protect workers. ALPA President Joe DePete said, ‘This is a pivotal time for the aviation industry, and as we take steps to stabilize the aviation economy and prepare to welcome back an increasing number of flyers during this summer travel season. Some key measures should be taken to expand on the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, protect public health and provide additional aid to hardworking Americans as they weather this storm.'”Read full letter here
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