March 24, 2020
Coronavirus Outbreak Puts More than 500,000 Aerospace Jobs at Risk
More than 500,000 aerospace production jobs are at risk in the COVID-19 slowdown, wrote the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, the principal aerospace workers’ union, in a March 23 letter to members of Congress.
The IAM asked for government help for their workers, some 13,000 of whom have received layoff notices.
“It is vitally important to our national security, our domestic supply chain, and our role in the global economy that this industry and the workers which are its backbone receive immediate financial support,” said the letter from IAM International President Robert Martinez.
“This strategic industry cannot be saved without first ensuring the economic security of the workers who make it thrive,” he said. The IAM wants a relief package that preserves worker salaries, healthcare insurance, fringe benefits, and “all provisions in the applicable collective bargaining agreements.”