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No-fur­loughs agree­ment with United: pi­lot’s union

- Business · Airlines · Transportation · Industries · Chicago · United Airlines

CHICAGO, Sept 12, (AP): The pi­lots’ union at United Air­lines said Wed­nes­day it has reached an agree­ment with the car­rier to prevent the fur­lough of nearly 3,000 pi­lots when a fed­eral pro­hi­bi­tion on job cuts ends Oct 1.

The Air Line Pi­lots As­so­ci­a­tion no­ti­fied mem­bers about the deal, which would need to be rat­i­fied by pi­lots.

Other de­tails about what the union de­scribed as an agree­ment in prin­ci­ple were not dis­closed. The union’s top of­fi­cial at United, Todd Insler, said the group would not con­sider pay-rate re­duc­tions or other un­ac­cept­able changes in their con­tract with United.

Air­line rep­re­sen­ta­tives did not im­me­di­ately re­spond for com­ment.

United said last week that it ex­pected to fur­lough 16,370 em­ploy­ees in Oc­to­ber, in­clud­ing 2,850 pi­lots, to shrink the air­line in line with fall­ing travel de­mand dur­ing the pan­demic. United ex­pects to op­er­ate only 34% of its nor­mal sched­ule this month and 40% next month.

In July, United warned 36,000 work­ers they could be fur­loughed or laid off. Since then, 7,400 em­ploy­ees took buy­outs or early re­tire­ment, and up to 20,000 ac­cepted re­duced work sched­ules or took vol­un­tary leaves of ab­sence, re­duc­ing the fi­nan­cial pres­sure on the air­line to cut more jobs.

Unions rep­re­sent­ing em­ploy­ees at United and other US pas­sen­ger air­lines are lob­by­ing Congress for $25 bil­lion more to in pay­roll re­lief from tax­pay­ers to avoid lay­offs. The air­lines got a sim­i­lar amount in March, which in­cluded a ban on in­vol­un­tary job cuts through Sept 30.

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