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Northwest Pilots Will Vote on Deal

May 1, 2002

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ Pilots for Northwest Airlines will vote later this month whether to accept a one-year contract extension that includes a 4.5 percent pay raise starting in September.

Elected leaders of the Northwest Air Line Pilots Association, which represents 6,000 pilots, voted 11-3 Tuesday to approve the tentative agreement.

A ratification vote will now be held May 20 through June 3 for union members, according to union spokesman Hal Myers.

Under the agreement, pilots would get a second pay increase of 5.5 percent to take effect on Sept. 12, 2003.

Myers said the contract is the best option available during a time of financial ``uncertainty and instability in our industry.″

Union chairman Mark McClain said, ``This tentative agreement provides NWA pilots with interim pay increases while we prepare for focused negotiations beginning in January 2003. We remain committed to the goal of a new contract that equals or exceeds that of our peers.″

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