Smooth land­ing: CEO says Delta may not lay off any work­ers

USA TODAY US Edition - - NEWS - Dawn Gilbertson

Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bas­tian, in a stark con­trast to most of his ri­vals, says the air­line might not have to lay off any work­ers de­spite the crush­ing coro­n­avirus pan­demic. Bas­tian said more than 17,000 em­ploy­ees, or al­most 20% of Delta’s 90,000 em­ploy­ees, have ac­cepted early re­tire­ment of­fers and thou­sands more have agreed to vol­un­tary un­paid leave in the fall. Last week, United warned that up to 36,000 of its em­ploy­ees face lay­offs, though its ul­ti­mate num­ber will de­pend on vol­un­tary pro­grams, too. Other air­lines are also brac­ing for heavy fall lay­offs as the pay­roll pro­tec­tions from the CARES Act end.

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