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Mesaba Airlines.(Notes)(pilots prepare for walkout)(Brief Article)

Pilots at Mesaba Airlines, a Northwest Airlink carrier, opened a strike operations center in Minneapolis in preparation for a walkout. The pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Assn., have been in contract negotiations for more than two years. Both pilots and management have asked the National Mediation Board for release from mediation. "Mesaba pilots want a contract, not a strike. However, we are prepared to strike to attain the contract goals of this pilot group," said Kris Pierson, spokesperson for the Mesaba unit of ALPA. …

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