A bankruptcy judge says Northwest Airlines can impose a new contract on its flight attendants on July 17.
The flight attendants union has said it reserves the right to strike if that happens, although it has downplayed that rhetoric in recent weeks. The airline has said a strike would be illegal and that it would seek to block one in court.
The flight attendants say talks with the airline are planned for today and Friday. But they're due to finish voting on whether to switch unions tomorrow.
Northwest has been eager to get a new cost-cutting contract with flight attendants, because its pacts with other large unions require them all to go into effect at the same.
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