Joint, pilot unions reach tentative agreement to avoid close to 3,000 furloughs


United Airlines and the consortium, which represents the carrier’s 13,000 pilots, have in principle reached an agreement to avoid furloughs close to 3,000 aviators.

The coronovirus epidemic has increased travel demand. United said last month that it plans to evacuate or lay off about 16,000 employees, including 2,850 pilots. The terms of federal aid have expired since October 1, which prohibits job cuts until then.

“Any potential mitigation should achieve our goal,” said Todd Insler, president of the United Airlines Chapter of the Air Poytal Association: preventing planned furloughs, preventing displacement and including long-term permanent benefits for any short-term. Union members said in a note on Monday, which was reviewed by CNBC.

The union and the airline did not provide details of the agreement and how it would reduce costs. It was not immediately clear how long, if passed, the plan would survive the lot. The agreement needs to be approved by union members and leaders.

The airline said in a statement that it “continues to strive to reduce the number of involuntary furloughs on United and we are pleased that we were able to reach an agreement in principle with the ALPA that would potentially pilot” Can save jobs. ”

Delta Air Lines said last month that it would fail more than 1,900 of its pilots if it did not reach an agreement with its union. The Atlanta-based Delta earlier this year proposed a 15% reduction in the minimum guaranteed pay of pilots to avoid furloughs for a year.

Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines and JetBlue Airways have also reached agreements with their pilots’ unions to avoid furloughs. All major American airlines have also offered early retirement and other packages to reduce the need for involuntary deductions when federal aid expires.

Meanwhile, the airline is urging Labor Union lawmakers to approve $ 25 billion in aid, which will preserve jobs by the end of March.

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