United to outsource 637 jobs

|By:, SA News Editor

United Airlines (UAL) has announced it will outsource 637 union jobs (mostly ticket/gate agent and baggage handler positions) at 12 U.S. airports. The company is trying to cut costs in every area it can, after reporting a first-quarter loss in April due to declining revenue and increased costs.

"This is a difficult decision, but we need to ensure that our costs are competitive," says United spokeswoman Christen David.

Under the outsourcing plan, United Airlines will shift these jobs from its payroll, and hire other companies to provide the employees.