News Releases

Senator Murray Responds to President's Worker Relief Proposal

Oct 04 2001

Says proposal comes up short, insists upon stronger benefits for Washington state's aviation workers

(WASHINGTON, DC) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.) responded to President Bush's proposal to help airline industry workers facing layoffs. While the President's proposal is an important first step, much more needs to be done to provide a comprehensive aid package to support all affected aviation workers and their families.

"The President's plan is an important first step. But it is just a first step. The Congress must build on the President's proposal with legislation that fully recognizes that workers all across the country need help. Just as the Congress works together to respond to terrorism, we should come together on behalf of all Americans who have been hurt by the attacks."

There are over 110,000 airline workers and 30,000 Boeing employees who will be laid off in the coming months. The Congress, along with President Bush, moved quickly to assist the airlines with an historic $15 billion bailout package. Senator Murray has been working her colleagues in the Senate to provide a comprehensive workers assistance package to aid aviation workers in Washington state and across the country.

Senator Murray is a cosponsor of the Displaced Workers Assistance Act which would:

  • Provide 52 weeks of unemployment assistance
  • Provide 26 weeks of unemployment assistance to individuals who were laid off but do not qualify for state unemployment.
  • Provide 18 months of COBRA health care coverage
  • Provide additional training for displaced aerospace workers

    "We cannot forget the workers across the country who have families to feed, mortgages to pay, and health concerns to address. They work just as hard, their utilities cost just as much, and their patriotism is just as strong as the executives for whom they work. These workers, from New York City to Bellingham, deserve a comprehensive aid package to help them through this uncertain time."