Wed, Sep 07, 2005
Senator Asks Blakey To Assure Him Northwest Airlines "Is
Meeting All Necessary Standards Of Reliability And Safety"
The problem with being perceived as riding roughshod over the
help is that the help tends to get mouthy. An FAA
inspector-turned-whistleblower has reportedly sparked a major
investigation into Northwest Airlines' maintenance efforts as last
month's mechanics' strike continues.
The Wall Street Journal reports the whistleblower contacted both
the FAA and Senator Mark Dayton (D-MN) about a massive jump in the
number of reported defects since the mechanics went on strike
eleven days ago. Dayton, in turn wrote FAA Administrator Marion
Blakey, demanding she "assure me and the public that Northwest
Airlines is meeting all necessary standards of reliability and
The inspector who was reassigned to
other duties prior to his complaint, said the rate of reported
defects in workmanship and materials jumped from three-to-five
percent to 58-to-90 percent after the strike got underway.
Northwest refused comment, except to say, "Safety is of
paramount importance to every employee at Northwest Airlines."
Northwest has been using non-union labor to replace the striking
workers, claiming its operations have been largely unaffected.
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