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United offers up to $100K if workers leave

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United Airlines says it will offer flight attendants up to $100,000 in severance if they leave the company.

The lump-sum payments will be offered in order of seniority to some of United's 23,000 flight attendants.

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United and the Association of Flight Attendants announced the deal on Monday.

United says the early-outs will help it match staffing to its flight schedule and produce a labor contract with the union.

Airlines and other companies have used early-out bonuses to entice employees to leave voluntarily. If enough employees accept, it can reduce or avoid layoffs and remove senior, more-expensive employees from the payroll.

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By The Associated Press