The $58 billion federal aid program, introduced earlier this year, banned airlines that, before the end of the third quarter, received employee layoff assistance. This is only two weeks and the airline industry still faces historically low passenger demand. The airline`s representatives said Monday that the deal would reduce involuntary job cuts to less than 12,000 if Congress does not provide more assistance to airlines before Thursday`s deadline expires. In July, the company sent redundancy alerts to 36,000 employees. The airline said on September 16 that it continues to “try to reduce the number of involuntary Furloughs at United and is now a step closer to rescuing thousands of pilot jobs.” This will allow it to react quickly as soon as travel demand returns, the Chicago-based airline added. ROSEMONT (ILL.) – United Airlines pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int`l, (ALPA), have voted in favour of the Pandemic Recovery Agreement (LOA) with United Airlines management. The deal takes on United`s 13,000 drivers and removes the previously announced 2,850 Furloughs. United, American and some small airlines are preparing to lay off thousands of workers Thursday after the expiration of $25 billion in pandemic federal aid and a Furloughs ban. Airlines and unions are pushing for an additional $25 billion to delay preparations by another six months until next March, but the fate of their campaign is uncertain and time is running out. “Our members understand that to protect pilot jobs, we must approve this agreement,” said Todd Insler, president of the union`s United Airlines Council.
The LOA prevents a United pilot from being flown until at least June 2021. The agreement also proposes a second round of options for early separation for all pilots aged 50 and over with 10 years of experience and reduces or ends the effects of the reduction in temporary work on the basis of a resumption of passenger demand or other market factors. The United agreement is the latest between airlines, which are drastically cutting costs during the travel pandemic crisis, and their unions trying to save as many jobs as possible. United Airlines pilots have voted in favor of a deal that will avoid about 2,850 Furloughs, which were due to come into effect this week, and another 1,000 early next year. The agreement reached earlier this month by union negotiators provides for a new chance for pilots over 50 pre-retirements. About 94% of United pilots took part in the ratification vote. U.S. House of Representatives spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi promised facilities for the aviation industry the day after the government`s financial assistance expired. The Air Line Pilots Association said Monday`s deal would encourage Es United to distribute fewer flights across the airline`s 13,000 pilots to save jobs until at least next June. The agreement was ratified by 58% of the pilots who voted for it. The top third of pilots, for example, would take a 10% reduction in the minimum amount of flight they guarantee each month, but be able to take overtime, said one person. United Airlines pilots on Monday approved an agreement that will allow 2,800 of them not to get their ass kicked if Congress does not extend a support program created under the Cares Act.
“We have been working for months on creative solutions to mitigate mass layoffs of pilots,” Insler said. “With this agreement now, we will once again focus on Congress to secure an urgent extension of the CARES Act to keep our industry solvent until we recover from this pandemic.” If members agree to the conditions, the airline will not dock pilots until June 2021. United said on September 2 that it planned to unwittingly lay off 16,370 people by the end of this month, as the long-term effects of the coronavirus crisis continue to wreak havoc on the airline industry.