Fear and anger grow inside United Airlines, where workers are slamming the company over pay cuts after it took billions in government bailout money

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  • United Airlines has cut work hours for its managers and administrative (M&A) employees, and warned that layoffs are coming.
  • However, workers say that the cuts violate terms of the CARES Act bailout, prohibiting pay cuts or furloughs before September 30.
  • Business Insider spoke with United M&A workers who described stress, anxiety, and frustration with the airline as they prepare for what could be massive job cuts.
  • Are you an employee at United or another airline? Contact this reporter with your thoughts or tips at dslotnick@businessinsider.com.

Two months after United Airlines agreed to terms with the federal government and accepted a $5 billion bailout for payroll support, workers at United Airlines are accusing the airline of breaking its promise.

Earlier this month, United announced that it would require management and administrative (M&A) employees to take 20 unpaid days off between May 15 and September 30. The requirement came as airlines around the globe — including United — reduced flights and grounded portions of their fleets due to a collapse in travel demand during the coronavirus pandemic.

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