Once the details of the agreement have been finalized, it will have to be ratified by union members. United Airlines has reached an agreement with its pilots to avoid nearly 3,000 Furloughs. CHICAGO (Reuters) – A tentative agreement between United Airlines UAL. O and the union representing their pilots would distribute the airline`s flight plan to more pilots to avoid Furloughs, two people familiar with the case said Wednesday. 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. The pilots` union has agreed to reduce flight schedules and distribute work among United`s 13,000 pilots. 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 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. “We continue to try to reduce the number of involuntary Furloughs at United and are pleased to have been able to reach an agreement in principle with ALPA that could potentially save pilot jobs,” United spokeswoman Lalie Scott said in an email.
The agreement, which is expected to be ratified by union members, keeps the current contract intact and has benefits for senior pilots, he said. By increasing the number of pilots, United could quickly use temporary or faster demand trains. 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. CHICAGO (AP) – The United Airlines pilots` union reached an agreement with the airline on Wednesday to avoid the troubles of nearly 3,000 pilots if a federal ban on job cuts expires on October 1. The union and United declined to comment on details of the deal, including the number of jobs retained or Furloughs prevention. CHICAGO – United Airlines and the union representing its pilots have reached an agreement that would spare nearly 3,000 Furloughs pilots next month. United is still laying off nearly 12,000 flight attendants, mechanics and other union employees as of the end of the week. Pilots have specific training requirements that make it more difficult and time-consuming to bring them back, which has given the pilots` union greater influence in negotiating an employment savings contract. “This [provisional] agreement underscores our commitment to all 13,000 United pilots and represents the importance of the creative solutions needed to mitigate the mass layoffs of our pilots,” said Todd Insler, president of the airline`s pilots` union.