United Airlines said it will begin to furlough more than 13,000 employees Thursday.
Like American Airlines, which announced earlier this evening that it too will begin furloughing workers tomorrow, United said it would recall furloughed employees if Congress reached a stimulus deal soon.
“In a continuing effort to give the federal government every opportunity to act, we have made clear to leadership in the administration, Congress and among our union partners that we can and will reverse the furlough process if the CARES Act Payroll Support Program is extended in the next few days. We implore our elected leaders to reach a compromise, get a deal done now, and save jobs," United said in a letter to employees.
The letter added: “To our departing 13,000 family members: thank you for your dedication and we look forward to welcoming you back.”
Some context: Earlier this evening, American Airlines announced it will begin to furlough 19,000 workers tomorrow.