This story is part of AIN's continuing coverage of the impact of the coronavirus on aviation.
The U.S. Department of Transportation has begun accepting applications for participation in the Aviation Manufacturing Jobs Protection (AMJP) program, which provides funding to pay up to half of the compensation for certain manufacturer and MRO employees.
Established in the Covid-19 relief bill, the American Rescue Plan Act, the AMJP was designed to preserve aviation jobs that would be at risk of furlough or to enable the recall of workers who had been furloughed because of the pandemic. Congress set aside $3 billion for the cost-sharing program, which will cover up to 25 percent of an aviation manufacturer’s or MRO’s U.S.-based workforce. Participating businesses must make a commitment that they will not involuntarily furlough or lay off covered employees during the six-month duration of the program.
The DOT established a website with details on the qualifications and instructions on the application process. The application system went live on June 15 and the DOT is accepting questions regarding the process through June 22. Applications must be submitted by July 13.