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Airline workers say hundreds of thousands of people could lose jobs, ask for US to extend relief

Aviation industry workers urged congressional leaders Thursday to extend a federal measure to further avoid mass layoffs.

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Aviation industry workers urged congressional leaders Thursday to extend a federal measure to further avoid mass layoffs.

Airline unions jointly said that hundreds of thousands of workers could lose their jobs and benefits if a federal program ends, citing how the CARES Act gave over $30 billion to airlines if they continued paying employees and their benefits and halting layoffs until Sept. 30.

The aviation workers called upon Congress to extend the Payroll Support Program through March 31

"Airline industry employment cannot simply be put back together overnight, and mass layoffs will do great damage to the sector," the unions said in their letter.

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