United Airlines announces biggest pilot job cut in its history

CHICAGO (Reuters) – United Airlines UAL.O is preparing for the biggest pilot furloughs of its history after announcing on Thursday the need to cut 2,850 pilot jobs this year, or about 21% of the total, without further U.S. government aid.

Airlines, reeling from the devastating impact of the novel coronavirus pandemic on air travel, have asked the U.S. government for another $25 billion to cover employee payroll through March.

The first tranche, which banned any job cuts until Oct. 1, expires at the end of September, but talks in Washington have stalled as Congress has struggled to reach agreement on a broader coronavirus assistance package.

United’s planned cuts, released in a memo to employees and shared with the media, would run between Oct. 1 and Nov. 30. They are significantly higher than the 1,900 announced earlier this week by Delta Air Lines DAL.N and 1,600 by American Airlines AAL.O.

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United Airlines To Cut 16,000 Jobs When Federal Aid Dries Up This Fall


United Airlines on Wednesday announced it will join American Airlines in cutting thousands of jobs in October due to ongoing low demand and the impending end of federal aid under the CARES Act.


After warning 36,000 of its nearly 92,000 employees last month that their positions were at risk, United announced it’s preparing to cut 16,370 workers on October 1. 

The non-voluntary cuts will impact 6,920 flight attendants, 2,850 pilots, 2,260 working in airport operations, 2,010 mechanics and 1,400 management jobs. 

Many of the workers will be furloughed, meaning they can return to their positions when demand picks up again.

Around 7,400 United employees have already chosen to leave the company and 20,000 others are on temporary leave programs. 

American Airlines made a similar announcement last week, with 19,000 employees expected to lose

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United Airlines plans to cut 16,000 jobs as coronavirus continues to hammer demand

United Airlines on Wednesday said it is planning to cut more than 16,000 jobs as early as next month, after federal coronavirus aid that protects aviation jobs runs out.

Those involuntary cuts, many of them furloughs that mean employees can be called back if demand returns, represent close to 17% of United’s staffing level at the end of 2019.

The number, however, is far lower than the 36,000 staff that Chicago-based United warned in July that their jobs were at risk. The reduction is thanks to thousands of volunteers who accepted buyouts, early retirement packages and more than a dozen other optional programs like voluntary furloughs, temporary leaves of absence, or reduced or shared schedules. Airlines pleaded with employees to take such options to reduce their head counts, offering perks like continued health care in some cases, a selling point during the pandemic. More than 7,000 United employees opted to

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United Airlines to cut 16,370 workers, many more going without pay

CHICAGO (Reuters) – United Airlines (UAL.O) said on Wednesday it is preparing to furlough 16,370 workers when federal aid expires on Oct. 1 as the coronavirus pandemic continues to devastate the airline industry, though one union said many more people will be without pay.

United’s cuts include 6,920 flight attendants, but the union representing them said 14,000 will not have a paycheck in October unless Congress acts to extend $25 billion in aid.

This is because many have opted for leaves that will provide healthcare but no money, Association of Flight Attendants-CWA International President Sara Nelson said.

“United’s furlough announcement does not tell the full story,” she said.

Airlines have been lobbying Washington for a second stimulus package to protect jobs through March while the industry awaits a recovery. The first $25 billion, which covered airline payrolls, expires this month, but talks have stalled as Congress has struggled

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United Air to Cut More Than 16,000 Jobs on Slump in Travel

(Bloomberg) — United Airlines Holdings Inc. will eliminate 16,370 jobs next month as the carrier shrinks operations in response to the steep decline in travel demand amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

a chair sitting in front of a window: United Airlines Holdings airplanes stand past an empty waiting area for travelers at Newark International Airport on June 9.

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United Airlines Holdings airplanes stand past an empty waiting area for travelers at Newark International Airport on June 9.

The furloughs announced Wednesday will take effect as soon as Oct. 1, the expiration of a six-month restriction on job cuts imposed in exchange for payroll aid under the U.S. Cares Act. To date, about 7,400 United employees have chosen to exit the company voluntarily, while another 20,000 are on temporary leave.


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United’s reductions add to the 19,000 job cuts planned by American Airlines Group Inc. Both carriers said the only thing that would avert the furloughs would be an extension of government aid to the industry that’s being debated in Washington.

Last month, United

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United States Air Force Partners with Pluralsight to Power Digital U Technology Skills Development Program

SILICON SLOPES, Utah, Aug. 19, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Pluralsight, Inc. (NASDAQ: PS), the enterprise technology skills platform, today announced that it is partnering with the United States Air Force to power its Digital U learning program. The Air Force’s Digital U program is designed to help Airmen across the service develop skills in core technology topics such as software development, artificial intelligence/machine learning, and cybersecurity. Airmen have access to more than 7,000 courses in a variety of technical areas.

“Tomorrow’s battlefield is increasingly dependent on technology, and the Air Force is focusing on investing in our digital Airmen to ensure that they have the ability to build the technical competence needed to complete our mission,” said Lt. Peyton Cleveland, United States Air Force.

With Pluralsight, Air Force Digital U participants have access to more than 7,000 technology courses taught by the top experts in fields such as machine learning

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