Flight Attendants Blast Northwest Over Labor Plans

Law360, New York (January 19, 2006, 12:00 AM EST) -- Igniting the anger of its flight attendants union, bankrupt Northwest Airlines Corp. has proposed to replace a large number of U.S. flight attendants with workers from Asian countries, in a bid to slash labor costs by $1.4 billion and ward off major downsizing, layoffs, and liquidation.

In a filing in bankruptcy court January 13, Northwest argued for its proposal by saying that only 5% of its flight attendants speak an Asian language, while 60% of its Pacific passengers are Asian.

The airline asserted that the flight...
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