Tue, Jun 13, 2006
Have Until June 30 To Hammer Out Deal
If you're planning to fly Northwest Airlines in the near
future... you're probably OK holding onto those tickets, at least
for the next month.
As you may recall, last week flight attendants
at the bankrupt carrier rejected the latest contract offer from the
airline. That led Northwest to ask US Bankruptcy Court judge Allan
Gropper to allow the airline to force a deal on the flight
attendants union... and the Professional Flight Attendants
Association to, in turn, threaten a crippling strike if that
After representatives with Northwest met with the judge in
closed chambers Friday, however, Northwest agreed to return to the
bargaining table one last time.
"My perception is that after that
happened Friday, they didn't get what they wanted. They had nowhere
else to go," PFAA president Guy Meek told the Associated Press.
Negotiations are slated to begin Wednesday in Minneapolis, and
continue through the month.
This is likely the last chance for an amicable agreement, as if
the two sides don't reach a deal by June 30, Northwest would be
allowed to impose new wages and work rules on its workers. If that
should happen, flight attendants would have to wait until July 15
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