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Delta, Northwest Continue to Lobby for Self-Help Pension Reform


CEOs Douglas Steenland, Northwest Airlines, and Gerald Grinstein, Delta Air Lines, elevate urgency for passage of airline funding provisions this month

Washington, D.C., July 18, 2006 – Delta Air Lines CEO Gerald Grinstein and Northwest Airlines CEO Douglas Steenland will meet Wednesday with Congressional leaders as they continue to urge timely passage of pension reform legislation, including Senate-approved airline funding provisions. The executives will underscore the urgency of enacting the legislation before the August recess noting the companies’ “race against the clock” to save already earned benefits* for more than 150,000 Northwest and Delta people.

Press availability Wednesday, July 19
Grinstein and Steenland – joined by U.S. Senator Isakson (GA) and U.S. Senator Coleman (MN) – will discuss the importance of enacting pension reform legislation, including Senate-approved airline funding provisions, before the August recess.


Wednesday, July 19, 12:30 p.m.


Room 428A, Russell Senate Office Building


Gerald Grinstein, CEO, Delta Air Lines
Douglas M. Steenland, President and CEO, Northwest Airlines
U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson
U.S. Senator Norm Coleman

* All references to “already earned benefits”, “qualified plans,” and “pension plans” pertain to Delta’s ground and flight attendant active and retired employees and to all Northwest active and retired employees.


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