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Southwest Airlines Notifies of Almost 7,000 Possible Furloughs

MIAMI – Southwest Airlines (WN) has notified nearly 7,000 workers that they could lose their jobs if labor unions do not accept certain concessions to help the airline to maintain business afloat due to the pandemic impact.

The airline estimates that “overstaffing costs” will amount to about US$1bn in 2021. Thus, it asked unions for pay cuts of 10% in exchange for no furloughs through next year. However, there has been a lack of meaningful progress in negotiations, said WN’s top labor-relations official, Russell McCrady.

The carrier issued the legally require notifications known as WARN notices 60 days prior to the aforementioned job cuts.

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Source:: “Airways Magazine”

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