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American Airlines Extends Voluntary Unpaid Leave Options

American Airlines is offering most of its union workers unpaid, voluntary leave for up to a year as COVID-19 coronavirus saps demand. Unpaid leave will allow employees to continue to receive medical and other health benefits as long as they pay at the same rate as other employees. It also allows employees to accrue seniority but not vacation or sick leave. Reservations agents are not being offered unpaid leave “because their workload is already so high,” the company said. The airline is also offering retirement packages to people who have been with the company 15 years or more.

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