Stating that "the US airline industry has permanently changed and Northwest Airlines has no choice but must change with it," President and CEO Doug Steenland yesterday reaffirmed the carrier's commitment to fly through a strike by its mechanics and detailed contingency plans should a job action occur. The 30-day cooling-off period expires at 12:01 a.m. Aug. 20 after which the mechanics, represented by the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Assn., will be free to strike. Negotiations between the ...

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