Northwest pilots may recall leader

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Leaders of the pilot's union at Northwest Airlines meet Tuesday to consider sacking chairman Mark McClain, who has led pilots through two years of pay cut negotiations.

Northwest operates passenger hubs in Minneapolis, Memphis and Detroit.

Pilots are voting through May Third on a tentative agreement with the bankrupt airline that would bring their pay cuts to 39 percent since 2004 and open the door for Northwest to create a subsidiary to fly some small jets.

Many pilots think they're giving up too much.

The union's Master Executive Council split 6-to-6 on whether pilots should approve the deal and ended up making no recommendation on how pilots should vote. If the union leaders oust McClain it would be a signal that the tentative agreement with the airline could be voted down.

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