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Silence From Northwest As Unions Make Offers

Law360 (February 3, 2006, 12:00 AM EST) -- Northwest Airlines flight attendants offered this week to give up 1,553 jobs and accept a 22.5% pay cut, but the embattled airline's management remains tight-lipped as hearings on its request to scrap employee collective bargaining agreements continue.

At the same time, Northwest pilots have given their union leader authority to conduct a strike ballot if there is no progress in wage and benefit negotiations.

Employees say they do not want a strike, but many workers resent the carrier’s charge that labor costs are at the root...
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