Low-fare big Southwest Airlines Thursday notified the Colorado Division of Labor and Employment that it plans to furlough 556 first officers, flight attendants and customer support, provision and ramp brokers at Denver Worldwide Airport on April 1.
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The Dallas-based service stated it filed notices Thursday to furlough 6,828 staff nationwide as a result of it hasn’t made “significant progress” in cost-cutting talks with 4 union locals representing its staff. Southwest had requested the unions in October to just accept 10% pay cuts in exchange for a pledge of no furloughs subsequent yr as a part of a plan to scale back “overstaffing” prices by $1 billion.
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Southwest, which is scheduled to broaden to Colorado Springs on March 11 with 13 flights to 5 cities, reported a document $1.16 billion loss within the third quarter as journey has solely rebounded barely because the COVID-19 pandemic hit the nation. The airline, which employed 58,000 on the finish of the third quarter, stated it was nonetheless filling simply above half of the seats on its flights throughout September and that journey demand stays “fragile.”
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Whereas about 25% of Southwest’s workers have agreed to take prolonged break day, voluntary buyouts and early retirements, it has by no means furloughed staff in its 50-year historical past. The service obtained $3.2 billion in federal assist earlier this yr to pay labor prices by way of September. The airline trade has sought extra assist from Congress as a part of pandemic aid laws, however proposals for an additional spherical of federal assist have remained stalled for months.
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United Airlines has filed layoff notices with the division for almost 3,000 workers in Denver, whereas Denver-based Frontier Airlines has filed notices to put off almost 400 workers and American Airlines had filed notices to put off 109 staff.