United Airlines Reaches Deal with Pilots to Avoid Furloughs

By Kurt Stolz on 28 September 2020
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United Airlines and its pilots union announced a deal that will avert the furlough of some 3,000 pilots until at least June 2021.

The deal calls for pilots to reduce their hours in order to avoid the layoffs that would otherwise have been necessary given the significantly reduced demand for travel amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

The news was announced in a memorandum to United employees.

“While we still face a difficult path to recovery, your support of this creative and unique agreement puts us in an unparalleled position of strength when demand recovers,” said Bryan Quigley, the airline’s senior vice president of flight operations.  “In addition to avoiding furloughs, this agreement greatly enhances our ability to bounce back – so we can welcome more passengers and return to the 2019 levels of seat and fleet advancement more quickly.”

The measure was approved by 58% of union members who voted.  Under the agreement, pilots with less seniority will see more hours cut than those with greater seniority.

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