United Airlines COO says employees should ‘seriously consider’ voluntary separation from the airline
In a memo to some United Airlines staffers, which was obtained by CNN Business, Greg Hart — the company’s chief operations officer — said the airline will need to “right size” its workforce.
“You may want to seriously consider if you’re in a position to take a voluntary separation,” Hart wrote. He added, “You, alone, can decide if a [Voluntary Separation Program] works for you and your family.”
Hart said executive salaries have been cut and that the airline is trying to be transparent with its rank-and-file workforce.
“We recognize that this is painful news, but it provides what we believe is the most accurate assessment of what lies ahead for our company,” he said.
— Chris Isidore and Paul La Monica contributed to this report.