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Delta, United near showdown with unions.

Delta Air Lines' management and its Air Line Pilots Assn.-represented pilots remain far apart on what it will take to save the failing airline, which has lost $695 million in the first half of the current year, excluding special charges. At the same time, the testy relations between United Airlines' leadership and its unionized workgroups turned overtly hostile after UA suspended payments to its pension plans, with one union, the International Assn. of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, asking the bankruptcy court in early Aug. to replace UA Chairman and CEO Glenn Tilton with a trustee to run the airline.

At the end of July, Delta presented its pilots with a six-year contract proposal that calls for $1. …

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