United Airlines has agreed to not furlough any of its pilots until at least next June, according to a union email obtained by CNN. United planned to furlough 2,850 of its 13,000 pilots in only three days when CARES Act pandemic payroll support expires.
“This historic agreement” between the United and its chapter of the Air Line Pilots Association “ensures we can protect all of our careers for the long term and keep our pilot group intact by working together,” said chapter president Capt. Todd Insler.
Some context: CNN analysis finds at least 50,000 airline workers are facing furloughs that start on Thursday. Airline CEOs and labor groups are lobbying Congress for a six-month extension of the Payroll Support Program costing $28 billion.