Machinists union says it will oppose mergers

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NEW YORK – The union that represents baggage handlers and ticket agents at Northwest and other airlines says it will oppose any merger.

The International Association of Machinists says airline mergers hurt workers and passengers. The union also represents workers at United Airlines, Alaska Airlines, and other carriers.

Pilot unions at Northwest Airlines Corp. and Delta Air Lines Inc. have been in talks to work out their differences in advance of a possible merger. But the International Association of Machinists does not represent workers at Delta.

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