United offers ‘voluntary separation’ to encourage employees to leave

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The Association of Flight Attendants has released details regarding United Airlines’ latest Voluntary Separation Program (VSP2) for frontline employees. 

The union reports that this latest separation program provides additional benefits for employees to encourage voluntary separation before United moves forward with any furloughs or mandatory workforce reductions on its own.

On its website, the union notes that United management has made it clear that this will be the company’s most valuable offer for those who might be considering leaving.

The program is open for employees on the mainland U.S. as well as those on Guam and Puerto Rico:

  • Flight Attendants (including Internationally based Flight Attendants)
  • Dispatchers
  • Catering Operations employees
  • IAM-represented employees
  • IBT-represented employees
  • Management and Administrative (M&A) employees

Among the incentives offered in the voluntary separation package are:

  • Those who accept the voluntary separation offer will end work in June but be considered employed and on leave through December 1, 2020.
  • Full pay will be issued through June 30, 2020. This decreases to 33% pay between July 1 and November 30.
  • Employer-subsidized healthcare benefits will remain through November 30

The offer is highly personalized based on individual employee factors such as work group, retirement eligibility, years of service, and other factors.

Those who take the offer will also receive:

  • 250,000 MileagePlus miles
  • Top-tier (1K) frequent flyer status (validity period unknown)
  • Five years of active employee travel benefits
  • After the five years, this changes to retiree travel benefits
  • Priority access to job postings if and when the situation improves at the carrier

Eligible frontline employees will receive a custom-tailored email providing an overview of the program with the associated links to the program details, FAQs, inquiry forms, and application forms in Help Hub, along with other resources.

The application window for VSP2 closes at midnight Central Daylight Time on Thursday, June 18.