American Airlines on Wednesday cautioned about 25,000 front-line workers– near 20 percent of its labor force– about potential furloughs, the most recent provider to prepare personnel for job cuts as the coronavirus pandemic dashes wishes for a quick rebound in travel demand.
The airline also urged staff members to take new buyout and early retirement bundles to get as lots of people off payroll before needing to involuntarily cut. Airlines are prohibited from cutting tasks or the pay rates of workers through Sept. 30 under the regards to $25 billion in federal payroll support.
The Worker Change and Retraining Notification Act requires employers to alert staff about possible layoffs or short-term furloughs normally 60 days ahead of time. The employees who have been informed their jobs are at threat won’t necessarily be laid off.
Fort Worth, Texas-based American earlier this month said it has around 20,000 more staff members than it needs for its minimized fall schedule. CNBC reported earlier today that the notifications were upcoming.
United last week informed close to 36,000 staff members– almost 40 percent of its labor force– that they could be furloughed and Southwest Airlines on Monday informed staff that the carrier needs traveler numbers to triple by the end of the year to avoid layoffs or furloughs.