Northwest, flight attendants to resume talks in Washington

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Negotiations will resume Wednesday between Northwest Airlines Corporation and its flight attendants.

The two sides met today in Washington to update federal mediators on whether there's any reason to negotiate. That led to Wednesday's plan to meet in the same city.

Union spokesman Ricky Thornton said he had no details on whether Northwest had made a new offer that would have justified new talks.

A Northwest spokeswoman had no immediate comment. Flight attendants have sought to stage random, unannounced walkouts after Northwest imposed pay cuts and work rule changes.

Northwest made the changes with a bankruptcy judge's permission after flight attendants twice voted down negotiated agreements.

Northwest has won court orders barring job actions, at least for now. The union has appealed.

Northwest operates hubs in Minneapolis, Detroit and Memphis, Tennessee.

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