BLOOMINGTON (AP) -- The union representing Northwest Airlines flight attendants was counting ballots today to determine whether a five-year contract is approved.
Billie Davenport, president of Teamsters Local 2000, said the final tally was expected this evening. The Richfield Post Office turned over about a dozen boxes of ballots to the union at 8 a.m., indicating heavy participation by the union's 11,000 members.
Flight attendants have been working without a contract since 1996, but in April, Teamsters Local 2000 officials agreed to a tentative pact that includes salary and pension hikes, as well as health insurance benefits for domestic partners.
The agreement must be ratified by a majority of the members, who rejected the last tentative pact in August, when 69 percent of the rank-and-file demanded a better deal.
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