Yes there will be layoffs but no one knows a number.....Forbes sure as hell doesn’t. They got their number from websites with bad info including this one. So writing that 1/3 of the pilots are facing lay-off is irresponsible.
The number is known, both at United and within Treasury. The CARES Act loan applications due 4/30/20 - which UA has submitted - had to show projected headcount through the end of the year. Do you want to bet money that United and Treasury are leak-proof? I wouldn't.
I have no don’t the number is known. The point is until something is announced we can’t claim United is laying off pilots.
I highly suggest people look at reports from all angles of media before making generalizations & claims. Not to mention, listen to actual employees who work there. Reports in the media are purposely made vague, for click bait. and more viewing. And their so called "sources" are not always the best.
United has announced & communicated to employees a "plan" for Oct 1st if travel demand remains at zero - and potential plans moving forward. This is UA communicating openly with employees. Basically managing expectations so people are not shocked and can plan appropriately.
The plan is not written in stone, and is dependant on how travel rebounds as stated by UA. So the plan is likely to change.
I'm sure many of you have predictions on how travel rebounds - but the decisions will all be based on actual numbers and facts.