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Northwest Seeks to Permanently Replace Strikers

by Brendan Coyne

Sept. 13, 2005 – After offering terms unacceptable to the union representing Northwest Airlines mechanics and maintenance workers Sunday, the company is seeking to permanently replace more than 4,000 workers. The airline’s decision to halt negotiations with the union came after both sides had reached agreements on numerous positions.

Northwest workers went on strike four weeks ago, in part to protest company demands that the mechanics and maintenance workers take a 25 percent pay cut. In a letter to members Sunday, the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association said the only remaining negotiating obstacle between the union and Northwest involved severance pay for laid off workers.

In total, Northwest says it wishes to release 3,181 workers who belong to AMFA, one of many drastic measures the union agreed to in talks over the past weekend, AMFA said in Sunday’s letter. The two sides failed to reach an agreement on severance pay for laid off workers, prompting AMFA negotiators to walk away from the bargaining table Sunday, the union said.

After talks broke down, Northwest announced it would begin permanently hiring replacement workers, the Pioneer Press reported. The company has been filling strikers’ positions with replacements willing to cross AMFA picket lines since the regular employees when on strike.

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