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ALPA leaders unsure about proposal from Delta Air Lines.

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The Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), which represents pilots with Delta Air Lines, has indicated that some of its pilots think that the tentative labour agreement with the carrier is inadequate.

The union's leaders met to discuss the agreement for the fourth day on 1 May and were expected to meet again yesterday (2 May). A spokesperson for ALPA has stated that union leaders are working through the contract section by section as they decide whether to forward it to members for a vote, according to Reuters.

Delta Air Lines and ALPA reached a tentative agreement on 22 April after about 18 months of talks, and the proposed five-year contract would make the carrier's pilots the highest paid in the industry. Some pilots are however concerned about provisions on scheduling, retirement benefits and the separate wage structure for Delta Express pilots.

It is likely that if the deal is rejected by ALPA leaders, US President Bush will appoint a presidential emergency board to study the dispute for a period of 60 days.

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