Negotiations between Delta Air Lines and Northwest Airlines pilot unions have stalled over whether the two sides should bring in an arbitrator to help resolve the merger of seniority lists, according to media reports. Northwest pilots favor arbitration, and Delta pilots are against it. Reports say that other aspects of the merger are complete, but the carriers are reluctant to move forward without the pilots' support. Both carriers recently released memos that said they will not merge unless the agreement is in the best interest of each carrier.

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