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American, United to Lay Off 32,000 as U.S. Aid Talks Drag On

  • Furloughs proceed while Mnuchin, Pelosi negotiate stimulus
  • Companies to reverse cuts if Congress extends payroll support
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Airlines to Start Laying Off Thousands as Aid Talks Drag On
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American Airlines Group Inc. and United Airlines Holdings Inc. will start laying off thousands of employees as scheduled, spurning Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s appeal for a delay as he negotiates with Congress over an economic relief plan that includes payroll support for U.S. carriers.

Both airlines vowed to reverse the cuts if the government agrees to provide additional aid in the next few days, according to memos to workers issued late Wednesday by the carriers. The furloughs total 19,000 at American and about 13,000 at United.