United Airlines, Pilots Union Closer to Saving Several Thousand Jobs

By Kurt Stolz on 17 September 2020
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Leaders at the union representing 13,000 pilots at United Airlines voted to approve a tentative deal that could save several thousand jobs.

The layoffs, were they to take place, would be a result of the coronavirus pandemic-induced drop in travel.

The United Airlines branch of the Air Line Pilots Union reached the tentative agreement on September 10.

Both United and the pilots union declined to comment on details of the agreement, although the union told its members what its goals were in reaching the arrangement.

“Any potential mitigation must achieve our goals: stop planned furloughs, stop displacements, and include long-term permanent gains for any short-term, fully recoverable modifications,” said Tod Insler, chairman of the United branch of the Air Line Pilots Union, in an e-mail to its members, on September 10.

The airline did say in a statement on September 10 that it continues “to try and reduce the number of involuntary furloughs at United.”

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