Mon, Aug 14, 2006
Deadline Extended To August 25
With the current furor
surrounding airline security measures, perhaps now isn't the best
time to conduct an organized strike... at least, that's what flight
attendants at beleagured Northwest Airlines are thinking, in voting
to postpone their proposed August 15 walkout by 10 days.
"Present security concerns take precedence over all other
concerns at this time, including our fight for a fair contract and
our preparations for CHAOS," said Association Of Flight Attendants
spokeswoman Mollie Reiley.
Flight attendants at the bankrupt carrier have twice voted down
proposed contract agreements with Northwest management.
Negotiations on a third agreement are slated to continue throughout
the extended timeframe... perhaps giving both sides some
much-needed time to work out a deal.
The union had originally voted to begin random strikes against
Northwest on Tuesday, as part of its CHAOS -- Create Havoc Across
Our System -- strategy.
While saying it welcomes continued negotiations, Northwest has also asked the court to
block the proposed strike, saying such an organized
action would violate the Railway Labor Act... which, in part,
prohibits strikes against bankrupt companies.
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