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United Airlines, pilots avoid layoffs

Flight attendants and mechanics are still at risk

The agreement was reached and for the moment layoffs have been avoided. In the last few hours, carrier United Airlines found the decisive agreement with trade unions and pilots to prevent loss of jobs, as had been feared in recent weeks (read also the article published by AVIONEWS). As announced by the associations that bring together the staff of the American company, a small amount of air connections will be distributed among the 13 thousand pilots; in this way, the positions of the employees will be safe, even if the period is rather short, since it is a buffer measure valid until next June.

The risk was that of about three thousand layoffs: 58% of United Airlines workers voted in favor of the temporary solution. It must be emphasized that in this case it was done just in time, given that the federal government's aid to the air transport sector will expire in a few days (see AVIONEWS). In reality, the problems and worries concerning this airline are not over yet; 12,000 employees, including flight attendants, mechanics and union representatives, are still at risk. The month of October promises to be decidedly "hot" despite the Autumn temperatures.

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AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency