Old Nov 21, 00, 8:50 am
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US District Court Judge David Doty yesterday granted a request from Northwest Airlines for a temporary restraining order preventing the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association (AMFA) and its members from engaging in illegal job actions that the carrier alleged are causing flight delays and cancellations.

Judge Doty scheduled a hearing on a preliminary injunction for November 29.

In accusing the mechanics of a work slowdown, Northwest Attorney Tim Thornton told the judge that from November 13-19, delays due to maintenance were up 145 percent to more than 260 daily, compared with slightly more than 106 during the same period a year ago.

UPDATE: For Northwest, the temporary restraining order issued by U.S. District Judge David Doty in Minneapolis is meant to prevent work slowdowns by employees who are members of the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association.

``The only way the company can respond to a situation like this is with overtime,'' Northwest lawyer Tim Thornton said. ``Every mechanic in the system is refusing overtime. There's no other explanation for that other than a concerted job action.''

AMFA attorney Nicholas Ganath called Northwest's statistics ``unfounded voodoo,'' but said union leaders would abide by Doty's order, and ``keep the planes safe and on time for the holiday season.''

AMFA represents 9,500 members who have been seeking a new contract for more than four years. Northwest, the nation's fourth-largest carrier, said the two sides remain far apart on reaching a labor deal.

AND: "Union leaders probably feel they have to take the company to the brink of a strike to convince workers that they extracted the best possible terms," he said. But, he added, like the carrier, he doesn't believe the National Mediation Board would permit a strike until after the holidays.

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