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Midwest Airlines Ratifies Contract

February 28, 2000

MILWAUKEE (AP) _ Midwest Express Airlines pilots on Sunday ratified a five-year contract, the airline said.

The Milwaukee-based airline said in a written statement it was contacted by the Air Line Pilots Association at 4 p.m. about the ratification of the contract.

The deal gives pilots higher pay, retiree health insurance and a retirement plan ``that will protect and enhance the careers of our pilots,″ strike committee chairman Karl Petersen said after the agreement was announced earlier this month.

No other details of the deal have been released.

After 19 months of talks, Midwest Express avoided a strike deadline when both sides reached an agreement early Feb. 12.

``I’m very pleased that our pilots feel the agreement formed under the collective bargaining process is a fair one,″ said David Reeve, senior vice president of operations. ``Both sides have worked very hard to reach an agreement that meets the needs of all _ our employees, our customers and our shareholders.″

A spokesman for the Air Line Pilots Association could not be reached for comment Sunday.

Union officials held information meetings for pilots in Milwaukee and Omaha, Neb., last week, said Hal Myers, a spokesman for the pilots association.

The 16-year-old airline employs nearly 2,800 people, 80 percent of them in Milwaukee. Midwest Express averages 130 daily flights to 31 cities, including Boston, Los Angeles, New York and Philadelphia.

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