WHEREAS, on September 11, 2001, I proclaimed a State of Emergency to exist due to terrorist attacks on civilian buildings and government facilities in New York and Washington, D.C.; and

WHEREAS, these attacks resulted in the temporary halting of all air traffic throughout the nation and fundamental, long-term changes in the procedures for security procedures in airports throughout the state; and

WHEREAS, as a result of these terrorists attacks and the resulting changes in airport security procedures, there has been a substantial decrease in air traffic; and

WHEREAS, as a result of the substantial decrease in air traffic, the major airlines have announced more than 26,000 layoffs; and

WHEREAS, the Air Transport Association estimates that as many as 100,000 additional layoffs are likely in the coming weeks; and

WHEREAS, the California Department of Finance reports that there are 145,000 workers in California employed in the air transportation industry; and

WHEREAS, these workers and their families will face significant financial hardship due to the loss of employment resulting from the effects of this emergency and will need immediate financial assistance;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, GRAY DAVIS, Governor of the State of California, by virtue of the power and authority vested in me by the Constitution and statutes of the State of California, do hereby issue this order to become effective immediately:

that the Employment Development Department shall waive the one-week waiting period for all airline employees and other workers at California's airports who may become unemployed due to the economic impact of the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001, and the measures taken in response thereto, who apply for unemployment insurance benefits through December 31, 2001, and who are otherwise eligible for unemployment insurance benefits.

The activities herein are authorized to be carried out pursuant to the Emergency Services Act, Government Code section 8550 et seq., and Unemployment Insurance Code section 1253, as necessary to mitigate the effects of the emergency.

I FURTHER DIRECT that, as soon as hereafter possible, this order be filed in the Office of the Secretary of State and that widespread publicity and notice be given to this order.