United Offers Enhanced Voluntary Separation Package
March 28, 2020
The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has brought United Airlines, any by our association, each of us an uncertainty that we have never been faced with in our company’s history. As the COVID-19 crisis has evolved, we’ve seen the company begin to take steps to conserve capital resources by reducing discretionary spending and to reduce overall costs. Extraordinary steps have been taken, to date, to avoid the need to reduce employees through an involuntary furlough and many of us have made the sacrifice to take unpaid time away from work while those of us remaining have seen reduced line averages and changes to the development of our monthly flying schedule. All of this is presenting each of us with new challenges.
While all of these actions have contributed to United’s ongoing effort to reduce costs, the reality of the situation is that the spread of the COVID-19 virus is resulting in certain state or local governments imposing restrictions, such as shelter-in-place orders, unpredictably on travelers as well as the residents of their communities. The impact of these restrictions continues to have an adverse impact on overall demand for travel. In recent days we’ve seen new restrictions that are further reducing, even eliminating, demand for travel all of which suggests this situation may require additional action.
Starting Thursday, March 26, and through April 10, 2020, any employee in the U.S., Guam or Puerto Rico can request a voluntary separation from the company and receive enhanced medical benefits and travel privileges through a program known as the 2020 Voluntary Separation Program. Details of this company offered program can be found in the following document and at www.unitedafa.org.