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A bankruptcy court judge has given the go-ahead to concessionary labor agreements between

Northwest Airlines


and two unions, according to a published report.

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One of the unions represents the pilots and the other the airline's baggage handlers and ground workers. The judge's approval of the pacts was reported by the

Associated Press


Northwest will get $358 million in concessions from the pilots and another $190 million a year from the ground workers, the report said. Northwest, which filed for bankruptcy last September, has been aiming to lower its labor costs by $1.4 billion annually.

Most of the Minnesota-based carrier's unions have agreed to give up some of their compensation, but last week members of the Professional Flight Attendant Association voted down a proposed new contract. The PFAA represents 9,300 of the airline's flight attendants.