Northwest Airlines mechanics and related workers, citing the carrier's "continuing refusal to take current contract negotiations seriously," will begin a strike vote, the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Assn. said Friday. The two sides have been negotiating since October 2004. In June, Northwest filed a request with the National Mediation Board to declare the talks at an impasse, but it was rejected and NMB told the parties to keep talking (ATWOnline, June 13). If the request had been ...

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