United Airlines warns of 36,000 potential furloughs, a ‘gut punch’
A row of United Airlines passenger planes parked at gates at Denver International Airport in Denver, Colorado.
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United Airlines is warning some 36,000 employees that they could potentially be furloughed this fall, as hopes for a turnaround in air travel demand fades with increased coronavirus infections and state travel restrictions.
The possible job cuts would take effect officially on Oct. 1, when the terms expire on $25 billion in federal payroll that United, Delta, American and other airlines received to soften the blow from coronavirus. Federal law requires employers to give staff notice…