In July, United Airlines warned that nearly half its workforce — that’s 36,000 employees — could be out of a job on October 1.
American Airlines made a similar announcement soon after, warning that 25,000 employees risked losing their jobs the same day.
But I thought at the time that these were probably just warnings of things that would likely never actually come to pass — ironically less likely to happen, in fact, because the airlines were warning about them.
Why? Because the strategically timed announcements were designed to try to get the U.S. government to pass a second stimulus bill, including billions of dollars for the airlines to keep their employees working.
Since the government had already passed one stimulus bill earlier this year — which contained a provision that said the airlines had to…