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Horizon, Pilots Reach Agreement

July 27, 2001

SEATTLE (AP) _ Three years after talks began, Horizon Airlines and its pilots union have tentatively agreed to an employment contract, subject to pilots’ approval, a Horizon spokeswoman said Friday.

The deal was reached Friday morning in Washington, D.C., after mediators intervened. This was the pilots’ first employment contract since approving union representation, Horizon Airlines spokeswoman Cheryl Temple said.

The International Brotherhood of Teamsters, which represents Horizon pilots, did not immediately return phone calls from The Associated Press.

The company and the union were not releasing details of the contract until the pilots had seen it, Temple said.

Temple said the main sticking point had been money.

Horizon Airlines, which has 687 pilots, is part of the holding company Alaska Air Group, which also owns Alaska Airlines. The two airlines have separate employment contracts.

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