MINNEAPOLIS -- North-west Airlines switched courses Wednesday and announced it will provide one-time payments to about 5,500 contract employees who are being cut from the payroll as the carrier struggles with falloff in air travel.
In addition to payments totaling between one and six weeks of base pay, determined by years of service with the company, Northwest will extend medical coverage and full travel privileges to the affected employees through Dec. 31.
All union members are eligible if they are being furloughed against their will and are not allowed by their contracts to take another job with Northwest.
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