Pilots vote to allow deep pay cut

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Northwest Airlines pilots have approved a package of harsh pay cuts and other concessions that the bankrupt carrier says it needs to reorganize.

The airline has passenger hubs in Minneapolis, Memphis and Detroit.

About 63% of Northwest's 48-hundred pilots voted to approve the pact.

Some union leaders had publicly called on pilots to reject the contract and hold out for a better deal.

The Northwest branch of the Air Line Pilots Association says the new contract will not take effect until other unions ratify their own contracts.

Baggage handlers earlier voted down Northwest's wage-cut proposal. A trial is set to begin in bankruptcy court May 15th to determine whether Northwest can throw out that contract and impose its own terms.

Flight attendants will be voting through June Sixth on a wage-cut proposal for them.

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