United Airlines said on Wednesday that it would issue layoff and furlough notices to 36,000 frontline employees, including 15,000 flight attendants and 2,250 pilots.The airline said that it saw travel demand slowly climb through May and June but that new coronavirus outbreaks and quarantine orders caused it to collapse again.The airline said it expected to fly at about 40% of its capacity in August and not more than that through at least 2020.Are you an employee at United or another airline? Contact this reporter with your thoughts or tips at firstname.lastname@example.org.Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.
United Airlines said on Wednesday that it would warn 36,000 frontline employees of potential furloughs and layoffs, representing about 38% of the company’s workforce of 95,000.Travel demand had begun to recover since April, when coronavirus lockdowns drove demand down as much as 97%, but the airline said demand fell again in recent weeks as virus cases spiked in several states.The affected employees will receive Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act notices, or WARN notices, this week, with a final notice about their status in early August. American Airlines began informing some employees of furloughs in late June.The affected frontline employees constitute 15,000 flight attendants, 2,250 pilots, 11,000 customer-service and gate agents, 800 catering workers, 1,000 contact-center employees, 225 network-operations workers, 5,500 maintenance workers. An additional 1,400 management and administrative employees could also be affected.
Airlines like United have tried to limit involuntary layoffs by reducing their headcounts through voluntary measures like buyouts, voluntary leave, and early retirement.While airlines are prohibited from furloughing or laying off workers until October 1 under the terms of the payroll support they received from the CARES Act, most employers
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