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Striking Northwest Mechanics Finally See Money

Law360 (September 25, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- After more than a year without unemployment benefits, the Northwest Airlines mechanics who went on strike 13 months ago are finally collecting payments from the state of Minnesota.

The state has already shelled out almost $9 million to an estimated 1,600 Northwest mechanics, with about 500 of them receiving the maximum benefit of $13,390.

News of the payments comes barely a week after the Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled that the airline’s mechanics and technicians should not have been denied unemployment benefits at the beginning of...
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