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United hints laying-off 15,000 flight attendants; 11,000 ground crew; and 2,250 pilots

United Airlines has hinted a lay-off of about more than a third of its workforce, or a total of 36,000 employees, according to a report from Ch-aviation


A final decision on this is set to be divulged by next month.

Slides from a townhall meeting showed that United is planning to send all Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN) notices to affected staff by mid-July. The changes would become effective from October 1, 2020, the day after the expiration of job protections under the terms of the federal CARES Act support.

Who will be affected?

Flight attendants will be the most affected with 15,000 set to be laid-off out of the total 36,000. The others include 2,250 pilots; 11,000 customer-service and gate agents; and 5,500 maintenance workers. 

United has a total of 98,000 employees.


According to the WARN act, the airline is obligated to give workers a 60-day notice about any planned lay-off. United however stated that the issuance of a WARN notice to an employee does not necessarily mean that he or she will be laid off but only that their job "may be affected through involuntary furlough".

United Airlines presently has a fleet of 811 aircraft. It flies to 361 destinations via 1,044 routes.

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