To support Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, the AFL-CIO, the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA), the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) and United Airlines sent 35,000 pounds of relief supplies (food, water and essential equipment) and more than 300 first responders and skilled volunteers to Puerto Rico on October 4, 2017. United Airlines has also offered its services to transport evacuees on a return flight to Newark, N.J.
“Our fellow Americans in Puerto Rico need help, and this is a race against time,” said Captain Todd Insler, Chairman, ALPA United Airlines. “The ALPA pilots of United Airlines are honored to fly these skilled workers and medical professionals to San Juan today and will continue to support the humanitarian efforts going forward. We applaud these brave volunteers who are dedicating their time, selflessly leaving their homes and families, and answering the call to help. The strength of the unions represented on this flight comes from workers joining together to help one another. Likewise, the strength of this joint relief effort comes from all of us—labor, management, and government—standing together to help our fellow citizens in their time of need.”
The goal is to ultimately help Puerto Rico in several ways including helping clear road blockages, care for hospital patients, deliver emergency supplies, and restore power and communications.
“When our communities call out for help, we can come together and solve the biggest challenges by summoning the best of ourselves. We’ve answered this call many times over the past couple months, and Puerto Rico is no exception,” said Oscar Munoz, CEO of United Airlines.