posted 25 May 2002
The Senate's 2002 supplemental appropriations bill contains language which will hurt us and our airline.
This Bill would not allow the Airline Transportation
Stabilization Board (ATSB) to issue any more loan guarantees until the
government's next fiscal year (October 1, 2002).
This Bill also reduces the monies available under the loan guarantee program from the original $10 billion to $4 billion.
We must take IMMEDIATE ACTION to have both of these
provisions stricken from the bill when the Senate considers it upon their return
on Monday, June 3rd.
This is what we need you to do.... today!
► FAX Senator Byrd (the Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee) a copy of the letter (in this hyperlink) once you have personalized it by adding your address. (You may have received this letter in Lotus Notes at work).
► Call Senator Robert C. Byrd at (202) 224-3954 and tell him (or his Chief of Staff or Legislative Director) the following:
► Call the Senators who represent you. It is best to contact the local (district) office and speak with the Chief of Staff or the Legislative Director.
"I am a member of Local 547 -- Transport Workers Union and a US
Airways employee. I live in __________ and work in __________ (Charlotte and/or
Pittsburgh). I am calling to urge the Senator to help protect my family
and my company’s future. Can I count on the Senator to strike the provisions in the Emergency Supplemental
Appropriations Bill that would:
1.) delay issuance of ATSB loan guarantees until October 1st and
2.) that would reduce the loan guarantees from $10 million to $4 million."
These calls and faxes should be sent so as to reach the Senators during the week of May 28th. (Because mail is delayed due to security issues in the Congressional mail delivery system, letters should be faxed and not sent by U.S. Mail and/or by FedEx or UPS.)