“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 United chapter of the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) says on September 16 that the agreement is a “temporary lifeline” for the 2,850 United pilots who had been warned that their jobs could disappear after October 1. Many U.S. airlines and their unions are urging lawmakers to extend the wage program to give airlines more time to recover. But a CARES-2 bill seems less and less likely. United said that about 2,850 pilots were at risk of being tried without an extension of state aid, as the industry faces a sharp drop in demand due to the coronavirus pandemic. 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. 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. 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. Of these, 2,850 pilots have been warned that their jobs could disappear when state aid to airlines registered in the CARES Act expires at the end of September. 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.
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. 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. In March, U.S. airlines received $25 billion in wage assistance under Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) and called for a six-month extension to protect tens of thousands of jobs at risk when this month`s first cycle expires. 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.