United Airlines sending 'gut punch' furlough warnings to 36,000 workers
United Airlines has said it was preparing to send notices of potential furloughs to 36,000 US-based frontline employees, or about 45 percent of staff, as travel demand hit by the coronavirus pandemic struggles to recover.
Not everyone who receives a notification will be furloughed, United said, with the final number depending on how demand evolves and how many employees accept early exit packages and temporary leaves.
The effective date would be October 1, when a government-imposed ban on forced job cuts by airlines that accepted billions of dollars in federal payroll aid expires.
"The United Airlines projected furlough numbers are a gut punch, but they are also the most honest assessment we've seen on the state of the industry," Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) President Sara Nelson said in a statement.
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