Congressman García Calls on United Airlines to Protect Jobs

July 8, 2020
Press Release

Chicago, IL - Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García issued the following statement after United Airlines announced possible layoffs of 36,000 employees, nearly half of its U.S. workforce, starting in October.

“United’s proposal to cut almost half its U.S. workforce is the result of careless management and a profits-over-people mindset. United’s workers have put their lives at risk to keep our economy going and the flying public safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead of creating a rainy day fund, airlines like United used record revenues in recent years to purchase stock buybacks. Airline executives padded the pockets of their investors, and when the economy tanked, quickly accepted billions in bailout aid from the CARES Act intended to keep workers on payroll.

“As a member of the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, I fought hard to ensure we put strict conditions in the CARES Act to protect airline workers. But instead of holding to the spirit of the law, United is extracting cost-savings off the backs of working people. The threat of layoffs leaves working people scrambling to pay their bills and medical expenses during this global health pandemic. United Airlines’ workers deserve better.”

Congressman García previously sent a letter to Secretary Mnuchin to ensure airlines comply with worker protections mandated by the CARES Act.