United Expected to Trim 30% of White-Collar Jobs

By Kurt Stolz on 5 May 2020
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United Airlines said it plans to reduce the number of management and administrative employees by 30% come October according to a memorandum sent to employees of the company that was made available to Frequent Business Traveler.

The Chicago-based airline, along with every major airline in the country, is grappling with the fallout from an unprecedented drop in demand for travel amidst the coronavirus outbreak.

The move will impact approximately 3,500 workers.

“We have to acknowledge that there will be serious consequences to our company if we don’t continue to take strong and decisive action, which includes making decisions that none of us ever wanted or expected to make,” said Kate Gebo, the airline’s executive vice president for human resources, in the memo.

The pandemic “is forcing us to come to terms with the fact that our airline – and our entire workforce – will have to be smaller than it is today.”

The company will notify impacted employees by mid July.

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