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Northwest Airlines Near Contract

December 1, 1998

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) _ The union that represents Northwest Airlines’ flight dispatchers and operations planners ratified a contract that gives them a 14 percent pay raise over five years.

Union members voted 120-35 late Monday to approve the pact, said Jim Garnaas, a flight dispatcher and spokesman for the Transport Workers Union Local 543.

``We’re happy that we’re finally done with that process and looking forward to moving on and getting the airline back to No. 1 status,″ he said.

In addition to the pay raise, the 171 union members will get about a 32 percent increase in their retirement pension plan and a bonus payment equal to 3.5 percent of their wages retroactive to Aug. 1, 1996, when the last contract expired, Garnaas said.

Northwest now has reached agreements with four of its six unions.

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