EU heads of state and government reached a tentative agreement with United earlier this month. It includes another chance for pilots over the age of 50 to retire early. About 94% of United pilots took part in the ratification vote. 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. “Our members understand that to protect pilot jobs, we must approve this agreement,” said Todd Insler, president of the union`s United Airlines Council. By increasing the number of pilots, United could quickly use temporary or faster demand trains. 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. No further details of what the union described as an agreement in principle were disclosed. United`s top union official, Todd Insler, said the group would not consider lower wages or other unacceptable changes in its contract with United. Once the details of the agreement have been finalized, it will have to be ratified by union members. The Air Line Pilots Association has informed members of the agreement, which is expected to be ratified by pilots.
The agreement, which will be put to a full-fled birth vote this month, will give older pilots with more than 10 years of experience the opportunity to use other premature separation options and adds restrictions on regional air flights. It also provides triggers for wage increases when passenger demand returns. The Chicago-based company warned last week that it planned to avoid 2,850 of its 13,000 pilots with more than 13,500 employees in other functions, amid a steep drop in air traffic during the coronavirus pandemic. The agreement, which is expected to be ratified by union members, keeps the current contract intact and has benefits for senior pilots, he said. 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 Air Line Pilots Association said Monday that the deal would allow United to distribute a smaller number of flights across the airline`s 13,000 pilots to save jobs until at least next June. 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.