United announces cuts, calls them "difficult but necessary"

12/4/2008 | Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model)

United Airlines confirmed Wednesday it will begin laying off about 1,200 employees in January as part of an effort to cut 7,000 jobs and ground 20% of its fleet. "These are part of the difficult but necessary actions we are taking company-wide to enable United to compete in this challenging economic environment," a spokeswoman said. Among employee groups, mechanics will be hardest hit as the company closes maintenance facilities at LaGuardia, Newark and Philadelphia International Airport.

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