Working together with its major unions, US Airways said it expects to be able to reduce the announced furlough of 11,000 employees by more than 2,000 through voluntary leave programs.
“We are pleased to have worked in cooperation with our labor groups to create quickly these voluntary furlough programs, which will preserve the jobs of co-workers and help to lessen the unfortunate impact of these reductions on our valued employees and their families,” said Michelle Bryan, US Airways senior vice president of human resources.
“For each employee who takes a voluntary furlough, US Airways will be able to keep on the payroll another employee in that same work group who would otherwise have been laid off. We look forward to the day when we can bring back all of our employees to active status,” Bryan said.
US Airways will continue to make available health, insurance and travel benefits to participating full-time employees during the period of their voluntary furlough under these programs.
The voluntary furlough programs were negotiated with the Air Line Pilots Association, the Association of Flight Attendants, the Communications Workers of America, who represent passenger service employees, and the International Association of Machinists, who represent both mechanics and related employees and fleet service workers. Similar programs for employees represented by the Transport Workers Union are under discussion.
Details of the programs vary by labor group, but generally involve time off in increments up to a maximum of three years.