American Airlines, United Airlines Follow Up to Affect Thousands of Employees


CHICAGO – United Airlines and American Airlines will move forward with thousands of employees as the CARES Act expires.American Airlines said in a letter to employees on Wednesday that it would begin the process of advancing 19,000 employees as the payroll support program ended on September 30.

US CEO Doug Parker said he spoke personally with Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, who called him a bipartisan COVID-19 relief package that would expand the PSP in the coming days.”Please contact your elected officials about the importance of reaching an agreement,” Parker wrote.

United Airlines also said it would inadvertently completely stop more than 13,000 employees starting Thursday.

Carrier previously informed the 36,000 employees he faced possible job cuts, but was able to reduce that number to 16,000 through various voluntary purchases and early retirement programs. Carrier said that since then, it was able to reduce overall numbers by working with union partners, introducing new voluntary options and proposing creative solutions that could save jobs.

Prior to the COVID-19 epidemic, United had only 100,000 employees.

WLS-TV and ABC News contributed to this report.

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