United Airlines will close its frequent-flier call center in Tucson at the end of April in a move that will affect 150 employees.
A spokesman for the bankrupt Chicago-based airline said 20 salaried and management employees will be laid off, while 130 employees represented by the International
Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers will be offered positions at United’s call center in Rapid City, S.D.
The laid-off employees will have the option to either relocate to Rapid City, or begin working for the Sears call center.
United will provide financial help to those wishing to transfer to the Rapid City call center and will offer outplacement services to workers who choose
not to make the move to South Dakota.
Sears is encouraging those who do not wish to relocate to apply at their customer care center, and is even offering the insentive of held positions for those who apply before the lay-of.
Any applicants who qualify would be allowed to start working once the lay-off occurs.
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