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This Week’s Aviation Labor News

POLITICO : 25,000 American Airlines employees to get furlough warnings – American Airlines is alerting about 25,000 employees that they may be furloughed or laid off later this year, days after United Airlines made a similar announcement. Among those American Airlines employees who will receive notices are 9,950 flight attendants and 2,500 pilots, according to an internal message on July 15 from the carrier’s CEO, Doug Parker, and president, Robert Isom. The executives said they “hope to reduce the actual number of furloughs significantly through enhanced leave and early-out programs for represented workgroups.” Read more, from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram

THE HILL : Southwest warns passenger numbers must triple to prevent layoffs – Southwest Airlines warned employees that passenger numbers need to triple by the end of the year to avoid layoffs. The airline has never had involuntary job cuts but passenger numbers are down 73 percent from 2019,  Bloomberg News reported . It gave employees until July 15 to apply for voluntary separation or to take extended time off because the company is overstaffed for the existing amount of flights. Read more

REUTERS : Delta may avoid furloughs thanks to early exits – A source close to the matter says that’s because 15,000 Delta employees have expressed interest in early buyout packages. Watch story

LABOR NOTES : Flight Attendants Tell Airlines: Don’t Even Think About Concessions – Sara Nelson writes, “ We know cuts to our contracts at any one airline set up a downward spiral for our careers. Instead, we’re getting ahead of any attempts by management. Flight attendants across the industry are united against concessions. Together, the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA), the Association of Professional Flight Attendants, and the Transport Workers Union—representing 80 percent of all U.S. flight attendants—signed an  open letter  making clear: “Concessions cannot and will not resolve the crisis in the industry. We are putting management on notice: don’t even think about it.” Read more

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