Southwest Airlines Pilots Association applauds passage of CARES Act stimulus package

Southwest Airlines Pilots Association (SWAPA) has issued a statement commending the bipartisan efforts of the United States Congress and the Trump Administration on the passage of the USD 2tn CARES Act, the company said.

The measure is intended to assist workers and businesses negatively impacted by the coronavirus outbreak, including significant relief for aviation workers and the entire airline industry.

SWAPA said it worked to ensure that the relief provided in this bill contained important protections workers. The focus during the drafting process was geared toward workers´ rights, and SWAPA said it pushed for language against furloughs and pay cuts, as well as protections for provisions covered in the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

The CARES Act places limitations on furloughs, protects collective bargaining agreements, and secures grants that will go directly towards pay and benefits. In addition to payments for families and extended unemployment benefits, the CARES Act also includes USD 50 billion in aid for airlines.

Southwest Airlines Pilots Association (SWAPA) is a non-profit employee organization and the sole bargaining unit for the more than 9,900 pilots of Southwest Airlines.