American Airlines to Lay Off Nearly 750 Employees in Wake County

RALEIGH, NC (WTVD) – American Airlines said it will lay off nearly 750 employees in Wake County in early October.

The layoff, with a total of 739 workers, would affect 369 people at RDU airport and 370 employees at Cary, at a 500 Gregson Drive location, according to the Notification of Worker Adjustment and Retraining (WARN) documents.

On Wednesday, American Airlines CEO Doug Parker and President Robert Isom warned that they plan to lay off or fire 25,000 employees in early October. The layoffs would include nearly 10,000 flight attendants and 2,500 pilots.

Click here to view the North Carolina WARN summary.

American Airlines pilots were able to keep their jobs thanks to an agreement between the company and its union. The deal includes early retirement packages for pilots nearing mandatory retirement age along with a variety of voluntary license offerings that will maintain benefits such as health insurance and other arrangements that would reduce hours.

The airline cited a decrease in air travel since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We hate taking this step, as we know the impact it has on our hard-working team members,” Isom and Parker said in a message to their employees. “From the time the CARES Act was signed in March, we had the stated goal of avoiding permits because we believed that the demand for air travel would recover steadily by October 1, as the impact of COVID-19 dissipated. Unfortunately, that has not been the case. ”

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