Nortwest accuses machinist of slowdown

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Northwest Airlines appeared in federal court in Minneapolis this afternoon, asking a judge to grant a temporary restraining order to prevent the mechanics union from conducting an alleged illegal work slowdown. The airline says a large number of flights were cancelled or delayed last weekend -- as a result, it says, of union mechanics' refusal to work according to their contract. Northwest and the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association which represents more than ten thousand Northwest workers ... have been holding negotiations on a new contract. The National Mediation Board recently recessed those talks, and both sides have been using some pretty inflammatory language. Northwest CEO John Dasburg called the AMFA wage demands quote bizarre unquote, and AMFA last week sued the airline for its alleged failure to negotiate in good faith. In court lawyers for Northwest told the court a very high number of flights were delayed or cancelled last weekend. MPR's Andrew Haeg is covering the story. Has the judge made a decision yet?

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