Sun, Aug 07, 2005
Replacements Being Readied
flight attendants filed a petition with the Federal Aviation
Administration on Tuesday voicing concerns that safety and security
information was being released to nonemployees. Specifically, the
complaint is aimed at trainees not yet hired by the airline.
Peter Fiske, a spokesman for the Professional Flight Attendants
Association, said that "should raise concerns for the FAA and the
flying public in a post-9/11 world."
Flight attendants asked the FAA to investigate the airline's
contingency plans to replace them if they follow mechanics into a
strike later this month. The PFAA has also asked a federal judge to
issue a temporary restraining order to stop the training.
Mediated talks between the airline and the mechanics began again
on Tuesday in Washington DC. The airline says it will keep flying
if the mechanics strike, which they'll be legally able to do on
Pilots and flight attendants have not revealed what they'll do
in the event of a mechanic strike. Northwest has been training
replacement flight attendants and mechanics in case of a
"If a union chooses to strike the carrier or engage in job
actions with the intent of causing disruption at some point in the
future, Northwest must be prepared to protect its operations," the
company said in a statement. "Accordingly, Northwest has developed
contingency plans including expanding vendor relationships and, in
some cases, augmenting staff."
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