Northwest mechanics vote to stay on strike - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Northwest mechanics vote to stay on strike

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Northwest Airlines mechanics strike goes on.

Members of the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association have rejected the airline's contract offer.

Of the 2,223 votes cast, more than 1,200, or 56%, voted against the offer. 965 union members voted in favor of the offer.

4,400 union members went on strike August 20th.

This was the first time they've gotten to vote on a Northwest offer since they voted to authorize the strike.

Today's move have little effect on the bankrupt airline's operations. Northwest, whose operations include a hub in Memphis, Tennessee, has continued to fly through the strike with 880 replacement workers.

The contract would have re-classified the employees as laid-off rather than on the strike. The designation would make those that hadn't found other work eligible for unemployment benefits.

Hundreds of union members have already crossed the picket lines and rejoined the Eagan-based company.

Northwest says it's disappointed by the vote.

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