Judge rules that Northwest flight attendants can strike

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A federal bankruptcy judge on Thursday denied a Northwest Airlines Corp. request to block a strike by its flight attendants that could begin as soon as Aug. 25.

Judge Allan Gropper in New York wrote that he does not have the authority to block a strike as Northwest had requested.

Flight attendants have said they may begin random, unannounced strikes after 9:01 p.m. CDT Aug. 25 unless Northwest negotiates a new contract with them.

Northwest imposed pay cuts and work rules on flight attendants last month after they voted down a negotiated settlement.

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