American Airways CEO urges workers to organize for vacation warnings from Reuters

© Reuters. Airline executives speak after meeting at the White House in Washington

By Tracy Rucinski

(Reuters) – American Airlines (NASDAQ 🙂 employees should be prepared for another round of vacation warnings in the short term as the airline expects to remain overstaffed on April 1 when U.S. aid to industrial workers expires, chief executive Doug said Parker.

American is among US airlines that received a $ 15 billion wage support package in December to protect workers’ jobs and salaries until March, when the industry was hoping pandemic demand would come through the introduction of vaccines would have recovered.

“What didn’t happen is what we were hoping we would get by April 1st and say, oh my god … all we have we are going to need in the July schedule,” Parker said during one City hall meeting on Jan. 28, according to a record verified by Reuters.

An American spokesman confirmed the accuracy of the recording.

The US aviation unions are calling on Congress to extend a third round of payroll. Parker said he would support them and fight for them too.

“This is a much better solution than having people go back on vacation knowing that this (COVID-19) is still months away from extinction,” he said during the town hall.

The Americans put 19,000 workers on leave when a first round of state wage support expired on October 1, but called them back in December. Parker said he hoped fewer workers would be affected this time.

Last week United Airlines announced it had sent vacation alerts to around 14,000 employees.

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