Release #: 20.26
September 30, 2020

ALPA Disappointed Over Missed Deadline, Hopeful Agreement Can be Reached

McLEAN, VA—Capt. Joe DePete, president of the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), issued the following statement today after Congressional leaders and the White House failed to reach agreement to extend the CARES Act Payroll Support Program (PSP), but announced they will continue negotiating on an overall coronavirus relief package:

“Despite bipartisan support for the most effective job-loss prevention measure on record, Congress and the White House are poised to miss the deadline to extend the PSP. While government leaders have stated they will continue talks tomorrow, for many pilots, tomorrow will be too late—their jobs will already be gone. The consequences of this inaction has a serious impact on those who are set to be furloughed at midnight tonight.

“ALPA strongly encourages all parties to continue negotiating toward a coronavirus relief package that will help stabilize the airline industry and protect frontline aviation workers.”

Founded in 1931, ALPA is the largest airline pilot union in the world and represents nearly 63,000 pilots at 35 U.S. and Canadian airlines. Visit the ALPA website at or follow us on Twitter @WeAreALPA.


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