Aug. 22, 2005 – Following another round of failed negotiations, mechanics employed by Northwest Airlines walked off the job Saturday, the first such strike in over seven years. Workers with the airline refused to accept job slashes and a 25 percent pay cut, the union said.
The two sides remain millions of dollars apart on an agreement and both teams characterized this past weekâ€™s negotiations as unproductive.
The airline prepared for the strike by hiring and training nearly 2,000 replacement workers.
Union officials said airline operations were suffering this weekend, a claim Northwest denied. Industry analysts believe weekday traffic will prove to be the real test.
The Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association, which represents over 4,500 Northwest mechanics and other maintenance workers, said it is concerned that the companyâ€™s use of replacement workers jeopardizes safety.