Northwest Airlines' 5,600 ramp service employees and stock clerks will see their hourly base wage rates reduced by 11.5% if they ratify a tentative five-year agreement reached between the airline and negotiators for the International Assn. of Machinists last week (ATWOnline, May 22). But if they reject it, as they did an earlier contract in March, they likely will receive even worse terms from a court-imposed settlement, union leaders told membership. "The [negotiating] committee unanimously ...

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