United preparing to cut more than 16,000 jobs

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United Airlines informed nearly 16,400 employees of pending furloughs Wednesday.

The cuts are slated to begin Oct. 1, the day after the carrier’s $5 billion in federal Cares Act payroll support expires.

Airline demand remains down more than 70% versus last year. United said it will call back employees as demand recovers. But the carrier doesn’t expect demand to get anywhere close to normal until a vaccine is developed, approved and widely available.

The furlough count includes 6,900 flight attendants, 2,850 pilots, 2,260 airport operations employees, 2,000 maintenance technicians and 1,400 management and administrative staff. The pilot furlough count, the carrier said, could still change, based upon ongoing discussions with the Air Line Pilots Association union.

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United preparing to cut more than 16,000 jobs
By Robert Silk |Sep 02, 2020
United Airlines has informed more than 16,000 employees of pending furloughs.
United Airlines has informed more than 16,000 employees of pending furloughs. Photo Credit: Courtesy of United Airlines
United Airlines informed nearly 16,400 employees of pending furloughs Wednesday.

The cuts are slated to begin Oct. 1, the day after the carrier’s $5 billion in federal Cares Act payroll support expires.

Airline demand remains down more than 70% versus last year. United said it will call back employees as demand recovers. But the carrier doesn’t expect demand to get anywhere close to normal until a vaccine is developed, approved and widely available.

The furlough count includes 6,900 flight attendants, 2,850 pilots, 2,260 airport operations employees, 2,000 maintenance technicians and 1,400 management and administrative staff. The pilot furlough count, the carrier said, could still change, based upon ongoing discussions with the Air Line Pilots Association union.

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In July, United warned 36,000 employees of potential layoffs. The reduction to just over 16,000 has been a result of employees agreeing to voluntary leave programs.

The airline continues to lobby Congress and the White House for an extension of the payroll grants, which would likely come with new rules preventing furloughs.

American Airlines said last week that it will undertake 19,000 furloughs if payroll grants aren’t extended.

President Trump as well as leadership in both parties of Congress have said they support providing additional aid to airlines. However, the potential relief is held up amid the broader standoff over a new Covid-19 stimulus package.

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