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United issues layoff notices

United issues layoff notices

(Cleveland) - The City of Cleveland confirms that United plans to lay off 430 employees at Hopkins, all of them operations employees, as their jobs won't be needed when United cuts back more than 60% of its flights from Cleveland by early June.

This was no doubt inevitable after United announced a couple of months ago that it would end hub operations in Cleveland. United reportedly will help employees find jobs at other airports, and may offer some early retirement.

However, Tony Midea of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers says the package will not help effect workers very much. He tells Newsradio WTAM 1100 if they find jobs at another airline they will have to start at the bottom in terms of seniority, pay, and benefits.

Harriet Applegate of the North Shore Federation of Labor predicts they layoffs will have a ripple effect on Cleveland economy and will contribute to the "brain drain" affecting the region.

City Hall contends, the airport management team will continue working with United and AIRMALL to determine the impact this will have on the airport. Furthermore, in the coming weeks, the Administration is planning to develop strategies to mitigate the impact on our existing airline partners and concessionaires.

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