Further details on what the union called an agreement in principle were not disclosed. Todd Insler, the top official in United`s union, said the group would not consider wage rate cuts or other unacceptable changes to its contract with United. The top third of pilots, for example, would receive a 10 percent reduction in the minimum amount of flight they are guaranteed each month, but would be able to work overtime, one person said. United Airlines and the union representing its pilots said Wednesday they had reached a preliminary agreement to avoid the dismissal of nearly 3,000 airmen. The agreement that should be ratified by union members keeps the current contract intact and has benefits for pilots with seniority, people said. The deal, which will be put to a full membership vote this month, will allow older pilots with more than 10 years of experience to use other early separation options and add restrictions to regional airlines. It also ensures the triggering of a wage increase when passenger demand returns. United said last week it expected to lay off 16,370 employees in October, including 2,850 pilots, in order to shrink the airline in line with falling travel demand during the pandemic. United expects it to operate only 34% of its normal schedule this month and 40% of the normal schedule next month. But Congress remains stuck in another coronavirus relief plan; The Trump administration now has an executive in mind to prevent the airline`s furloughs. American Airlines said it is laying off or laying off about 19,000 workers starting in October, while Delta Air Lines plans to lay off some 2,000 pilots from Oct. 1.
“We continue to try to reduce the number of involuntary layoffs at United and we are pleased to have reached an agreement in principle with ALPA that could save pilot jobs,” a United spokesman said in a statement. United said around 2,850 pilots were at risk of being laid off without an extension of public aid, with the sector suffering a sharp drop in demand due to the coronavirus pandemic. The airline said on September 16 that it continued “to try to reduce the number of unintended furloughs at United and is now a step closer to saving thousands of pilot jobs.” This will make it possible to react quickly as soon as the travel request returns, adds the Chicago-based company. The United chapter of the Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA) said on Sept. 16 that the deal was a “temporary vital artery” for the 2,850 United pilots warned their jobs could disappear after Oct. 1. The Air Line Pilots Association informed members of the agreement which is expected to be ratified by the pilots. “This [interim] agreement underscores our commitment to all 13,000 United pilots and demonstrates the importance of creative solutions needed to mitigate mass layoffs for our pilots,” said Todd Insler, president of the company`s pilots` union. “Hundreds of thousands of airline workers need the CARES Act extension, but since the pilots are only a few weeks away, we`re looking forward to it,” says Insler. . . .