Northwest Airlines equipment service and stock clerk employees, represented by the International Assn. of Machinists, ratified their new labor contract Friday, with 62% of those voting approving the five-year deal reached last month (ATWOnline, May 24). The group had rejected an earlier deal. "It was a choice between bad and worse," IAM District 143 President Bobby DePace said, referring to the possibility that the US Bankruptcy Court might impose terms if a second agreement was rejected. ...

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