Air Transport World


Let labor historians debate whether Northwest Airlines may have avoided the damaging 15-day strike by its 6,200 pilots that began Aug. 29. The more immediate issues are how quickly it can resume normal operations and whether it can achieve peace with its machinists' and flight attendants' unions.

Both groups have open contracts and both are likely to be encouraged by the outcome of the strike, which saw the pilots achieve better terms than NWA originally offered.

The machinists recently rejected a tentative contract with 80% of the 27000 members voting against it. The union wants federal mediators to impose a 30-day cooling-off period, after which it will be free to strike. …

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