United Airlines said Wednesday it is planning to furlough 16,000 employees as of Oct. 1, after federal coronavirus aid protecting aviation jobs expires.
The planned involuntary cuts make up nearly 17% of the airline's staffing level at the end of 2019. The number includes 6,920 flight attendants, 2,850 pilots, 1,400 management positions, 2,010 mechanics, and 2,260 airport workers, the company confirmed in a new memo to its employees.
In July, United warned that 36,000 jobs were at risk. Today's significant reduction is due to the numerous employees who accepted buyouts, early retirement packages, and other options such as temporary leaves or reduced
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