United warns it may be forced to lay off 36,000 employees

United Airlines is warning it could be forced to furlough about a third of its U.S. employees (36,000 employees). The cuts could come on October 1.

The cuts will impact pilots, flight attendants, mechanics and technicians.

The warning is coming as demand for air travel is stalling due to the continued rise in new COVID-19 cases the United States and new travel restrictions for self quarantine.

The airline has warned its employees that “it’s increasingly likely that travel demand will not return to normal until there is a widely available treatment or vaccine.”

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