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By Tracy Rucinski and David Shepardson
Chicago (Reuters)-United Airlines warned on Friday that about 14,000 employees could be temporarily dismissed, and the union told Congress and President Joe Biden to at least maintain workers’ salaries. He said he requested additional $ 15 billion in government support. September 30.
Chicago-based United Airlines has made significant new cuts after the second round of payroll support on April 1 as the coronavirus pandemic drastically reduced demand for air travel. I warned that I might be forced to do so.
United recalled 13,000 employees from furlough when the $ 15 billion aviation payroll package was passed in December to protect jobs by March.
“Despite continued efforts to distribute vaccines, customer demand hasn’t changed much,” United told its employees, monitoring demand and advocating continued government support. Stated.
The $ 15 billion in December helped bring back more than 32,000 airline employees, and in March followed the $ 50 billion package of passenger airlines divided into payroll support and low-cost government loans. It was.
Two union leaders representing 75,000 flight attendants call for swift action to extend the $ 15 billion salary support program to protect jobs until September 30th. Wrote.
“The alternative is a mass severance starting in April,” added union leaders Sarah Nelson and Julie Hedrick.
American Airlines (NASDAQ :), which fired 19,000 workers in October, did not immediately comment on whether it would issue a new notice on a possible layoff on Friday.
Hawaiian Airlines has previously said it has issued a warning to 900 employees for a temporary dismissal.
“We are all working hard towards a day when we can permanently bring back a colleague who was temporarily dismissed,” said a United Friday memo.
American Airlines CEO Doug Parker said Thursday, “April 1 is approaching and demand isn’t getting much better, so unless demand begins to recover, we’ll definitely address this. I need to do it. “
Parker said the company’s union “has already talked about this with the parliamentary government … we will clearly support it.”
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