It's time for Congress to act: Save jobs and stabilize the aerospace industry

Nov. 19, 2020
Overall, global civil aircraft production will drop by nearly 50 percent in 2020, opine Eric Fanning and Robert Martinez Jr. for The Hill.

WASHINGTON - There’s an old saying that an “airplane is greater than the sum of its parts” – and that largely has to do with the incredible workforce that designs and builds them. For over 100 years, aerospace workers have built the unimaginable, supporting America’s economy and strengthening our security. Sadly today, this industry is also one of the most heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The current crisis places hundreds-of-thousands of aviation manufacturing jobs at risk, creating a strain on our companies and workers today that may only get worse tomorrow. That’s why we, as representatives of aerospace companies and union workers, are calling on government leaders to pass commonsense solutions to support the employees and industry that are essential to our country’s success and future, opine Eric Fanning and Robert Martinez Jr. for The HillContinue reading original article.

The Intelligent Aerospace take:

November 19, 2020 -Eric Fanning, the president and CEO of the Aerospace Industries Association, and Robert Martinez Jr., who is the president of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, call on Congress to act with another round of COVID-19 relief funding in their opinion piece for The Hill. The duo note that 220,000 jobs are currently at risk with global aircraft production dropping by nearly 50%. Martinez and Fanning conclude that by passing a new payroll bill will save not only jobs, but keeping supply chains open by keeping workers busy instead of facing layoffs.

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Jamie Whitney, Associate Editor
Intelligent Aerospace

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