United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby said on Wednesday that the airline could avoid layoffs of front-line workers if they agreed to reduced work hours until the economic crisis brought on by the coronavirus ends.Kirby said in an appearance on CNBC that the airline was working with labor unions to try and reach an agreement.The airline has previously said it would need to be “smaller” on the other side of the downturn, and that “at least” 30% of management and administrative workers would be cut. It was not clear whether those workers would be included in a potential plan to avoid layoffs.Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.
United CEO Scott Kirby said on Wednesday that the airline could avoid layoffs if employees are willing to take significant cuts to their work hours until travel demand resumes. Kirby’s comments, which aired on CNBC on the day he began his new role as CEO, were an unexpected reversal from an airline that has been warning since March of mass layoffs to come later this year.Kirby was previously president at the airline. It was announced late last year that he would take over from former CEO Oscar Munoz this month.”We are hopeful at United that we can work with our unions to variablize our pay structure and frankly, not lay anyone off, not furlough any of our frontline employees,” Kirby said. “Instead, using voluntary programs, and in particular, asking people to work fewer hours until we get th
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