Northwest Baggage Handlers and Ramp Workers Accept New Contract
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Baggage handlers and ramp workers at Northwest Airlines Corp. on Friday approved concessions aimed at helping the carrier emerge from bankruptcy protection.
The same workers had rejected an earlier set of concessions. The union said its re-negotiated deal wasn't quite as bad as the first one.
"The agreement contains substantial sacrifice from our members, however, they agreed to the terms in order to preserve their contract and decades of collective bargaining terms," said Bobby De Pace, who runs the branch of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers that includes Northwest employees.
The IAM approval leaves only flight attendants without a concessionary deal with the airline.