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Joe Nocera

Why Airlines Outrank Restaurants in Relief Money

Taxpayers are putting up almost $500,000 for each laid-off airline worker to have three months of employment while cooks and waiters get nothing. Influence wins again.

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Relief Package Good for Both Parties, Says Congressman Hill

Does the airline industry have a rubber room?

That was the name given to the place where teachers that New York City wanted to fire gathered each day; they collected a paycheck for doing absolutely nothing. The airlines are set to collect $15 billion as part of the new $900 billion Covid-19 relief package. The money is being described as “payroll reimbursement,” meaning that Congress intends it to be used to bring back the 32,000 workers the airlines laid off at the end of September, when the last airline relief package expired. But what are those workers going to do?