Southwest Airlines says it won’t leave of absence laborers after Trump signed relief bill

Southwest Airlines says it won’t vacation any representatives after the augmentation of payroll support remembered for the Covid relief package that President Trump signed on Sunday.

U.S. airlines got $15 billion in the $900 billion packages, which broadened the Payroll Support Program (PSP) for the industry. Under the terms of the guide, aircrafts need to keep every one of their representatives on the payroll through March 31 and should get back to any who were furloughed in October.

“The new law will provide payroll support for all Southwest Employees through March 31, 2021. Given this, we currently do not anticipate the need to conduct any furloughs or pay cuts next year,” CEO Gary Kelly told employees on Monday.

PSP was a key provision from the previous spring’s CARES Act and kept airlines from leaves of absence until October. From that point forward, American Airlines and United Airlines have furloughed 32,000 representatives and Southwest warned in December that 6,800 laborers were confronting conceivable furlough if the government didn’t act.

Southwest has never had layoffs since it was established 50 years back and is among the most profitable major U.S. airlines.

Kelly thanked Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), and Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, for their work to make sure about the funds for airlines. He additionally recognized Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin for their work to pass the package.

“I need to stress that dozens of government leaders are worthy of praise; however, these individuals deserve individual recognition,” he said.

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