United Airlines pilots avert layoffs, other workers hope for bailout
By Tracy Rucinski CHICAGO (Reuters) - United Airlines' pilots voted on Monday to accept a deal that would avert 2,850 furloughs set for Thursday, while thousands of other U.S. airline employees are hoping Congress will extend federal aid to save their jobs. An initial $25 billion government bailout that covered airlines' payrolls and protected jobs for six months expires on Sept
By Tracy Rucinski
CHICAGO (Reuters) - United Airlines'
An initial $25 billion government bailout that covered airlines' payrolls and protected jobs for six months expires on Sept. 30, driving a fervent last-minute push by the industry for Congress to agree on a fresh stimulus package.
Chicago-based United has already put in motion steps to furlough around 12,000 frontline employees, excluding pilots, on Thursday, officials said.
Under the agreement with its pilots, United's drastically reduced flying schedule due to the coronavirus pandemic will be spread across its entire pilot base, saving jobs and reducing the need for costly training once demand returns.
U.S. airlines have argued that without support from Washington, they will not have a trained workforce in place once demand that is down about 70% from last year starts to recover.
U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the top Democrat in Congress, said on Sunday she thinks a deal can be reached with the White House on a coronavirus relief package and that talks were continuing, but it was unclear whether an agreement could emerge in such a short amount of time.
Last week Democratic lawmakers were starting to draft a bill totaling at least $2.2 trillion.
(Reporting by Tracy Rucinski in Chicago; Editing by Matthew Lewis and Steve Orlofsky)
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