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Southwest Airlines says it wont furlough workers after Trump signed relief bill | TheHill – The Hill

Southwest Airlines says it won’t furlough any employees after the extension of payroll support included in the coronavirus relief package that President TrumpDonald TrumpNew York Post editorial board calls on President Trump to ‘start thinking’ about Georgia runoffs instead of overturning election Loeffler, Perdue praise Trump for signing COVID-19 relief legislation after uncertainty Trump signs .3T relief, spending package MORE signed on Sunday. 

U.S. airlines received $15 billion in the $900 billion package, which extended the Payroll Support Program (PSP) for the industry. Under the terms of the aid, airlines have to keep all their employees on payroll through March 31 and will have to call back 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 last spring’s CARES Act and prevented airlines from furloughs until October. Since then, American Airlines and United Airlines have furloughed 32,000 employees and Southwest warned in December that 6,800 workers were facing possible furlough if the government did not act.

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

Kelly thanked Sen. Roger WickerRoger Frederick WickerFormer Mississippi Gov. William Winter dies at 97 Senate GOP absences snag Trump nominees College Athlete Bill of Rights would require revenue sharing, cover medical expenses MORE (R-Miss.), and Rep. Peter DeFazioPeter Anthony DeFazioInfrastructure? Not unless the House rethinks its offer Democrats ask GAO to study COVID-19 air travel risks Democrats were united on top issues this Congress — but will it hold? MORE (D-Ore.), chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, for their work to secure the funds for airlines. He also acknowledged Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrump signs .3T relief, spending package New York Democratic Party chairman warns Ocasio-Cortez against challenging Schumer Incoming Democratic House members sidestep questions on voting for Pelosi as speaker MORE (D-Calif.), Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTrump signs .3T relief, spending package GOP Problem Solvers Caucus co-chair says he’ll vote in favor of ,000 checks Five GOP senators to watch in next month’s Electoral College fight MORE (R-Ky.), Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsBipartisan lawmakers urge Trump to either sign or immediately veto coronavirus relief bill GOP senator on Trump pardons: ‘This is rotten to the core’ Relief bill’s passage sets off scramble to declare victory, assign blame MORE (R-Maine), and Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven MnuchinTrump signs .3T relief, spending package Lawmakers urge Trump to sign stimulus-funding package as government shutdown looms Sanders on Trump’s COVID-19 stimulus response: ‘What the president is doing right now is unbelievably cruel’ MORE 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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