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NORTHWEST-CANCELLATIONS
(2007-08-02)
(wgvu) - AP-MI--NORTHWEST-CANCELLATIONS,0157

NORTHWEST, PILOTS REACH DEAL AIMED AT REDUCING CANCELLATIONS

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - NORTHWEST AIRLINES AND ITS PILOTS HAVE MADE A
DEAL THAT WOULD EASE THE PILOT WORKLOAD IN AN EFFORT TO STOP THE
END-OF-THE-MONTH CANCELLATIONS THAT HAVE PLAGUED THE AIRLINE.
MICHIGAN'S LARGEST PASSENGER AIR CARRIER WAS FORCED TO CANCEL
HUNDREDS OF FLIGHTS AT THE END OF JUNE AND JULY BECAUSE IT COULDN'T
FIND ENOUGH PILOTS.
THE AGREEMENT WOULD HAVE TO BE RATIFIED BY THE RANK-AND-FILE.
THE PILOTS' UNION SAYS THAT COULD HAPPEN AS SOON AS SATURDAY.
THE TENTATIVE AGREEMENT WOULD PAY PILOTS TIME-AND-A-HALF FOR
FLYING HOURS OVER 80 IN A MONTH. THEIR OLD CAP OF 80 HOURS PER
MONTH WAS RAISED TO 90 HOURS UNDER CONCESSIONS THE AIRLINE WON IN
BANKRUPTCY COURT.
THE COMPANY ALSO SAID IT WOULD PAY UNION WORKERS A BONUS OF UP
TO 15 PERCENT OF THEIR PAY UP TO ONE-THOUSAND DOLLARS IF THEY HAVE
PERFECT ATTENDANCE BETWEEN AUGUST FOURTH AND SEPTEMBER THIRD.

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