United Airlines to axe 16,370 workers, many more going without pay


By Tracy Rucinski CHICAGO (Reuters) - United Airlines said on Wednesday it is preparing to furlough 16,370 workers when federal aid expires on Oct. 1 as the coronavirus pandemic continues to devastate the airline industry, though one union said many more people will be without pay.

United's cuts include 6,920 flight attendants, but the union representing them said 14,000 will not have a paycheck in October unless Congress acts to extend $25 billion in aid. This is because many have opted for leaves that will provide healthcare.

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