The world’s largest airline, American Airlines on Wednesday warned that about 25,000 of its front-line workers should prepare for possible layoffs as a result of persistent surge in the cases of Coronavirus in the United States.
This expected job cut is about 20% of the airline workforce.
This warning information was contained in a note jointly sent to staff by the Airline CEO Doug Parker and President Robert Isom.
The note also stated among other things that the revenue of the Airline in June was down more than 80% than a year ago.
The airline also urged employees to take new extended leaves that can last up to two years or early retirement packages to get as many people off payroll as possible before having to involuntarily cut their jobs.
The note further stated that “And with infection rates increasing and several states reestablishing quarantine restrictions, demand for air travel is slowing again.”
The cut job according to the notices will affect 37% of American Airlines’ flight attendants, or 9,950 people, 2,500 pilots, or 18%, 3,200 maintenance workers and 4,500 fleet service employees.
The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act requires employers to notify staff about possible layoffs or temporary furloughs generally 60 days in advance. The workers told their jobs are at risk won’t necessarily be laid off.