NWA flight attendants switch unions in final days of talks

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Northwest Airlines flight attendants switched unions today, just as talks with the airline enter what could be their final days.

Flight attendants voted out their Professional Flight Attendants Association and voted in the larger, stronger Association of Flight Attendants, which is the country's largest flight attendant union.

62% of flight attendants voted for the new union.

It's not clear how much the new union will be able to do in the short run. A bankruptcy judge has already given Northwest permission to impose a new contract on July 17th. That would be the same contract that 80 percent of flight attendants rejected last month.

The airline has a hub at Memphis International Airport.

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