Security Scare Delays Northwest Job Action

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Flight attendants at Northwest Airlines Corp. said Friday they will delay a threatened strike by 10 days because of security concerns stemming from the foiled terrorist plot in London.

A bankruptcy judge had not yet ruled on Northwest's request to block a strike.

The Association of Flight Attendants had threatened to begin random, unannounced strikes after 9:01 p.m. CDT Tuesday after Northwest imposed new pay and work rules on flight attendants without their consent. Flight attendants twice voted down negotiated agreements with the nation's fifth-largest airline.

But on Friday, flight attendants said the new deadline would be 9:01 p.m. CDT Aug. 25. It calls its strike tactic "CHAOS," for Create Havoc Around Our System.

"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 Mollie Reiley, interim master executive council president of the union's Northwest branch.

"In order to devote our full attention to the immediate security situation, and to reduce the stress level for flight attendants until the initial reaction of the security news subsides, we have decided to extend our strike deadline by 10 days," she said.

Northwest has said it is willing to negotiate again with flight attendants, although it said any deal would still have to meet a goal of $195 million a year in labor savings. No talks have been scheduled.

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