Northwest Airlines ground workers at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport staged a brief walkout yesterday to protest the hiring of nonunion contract workers to clean aircraft, part of NWA's effort to slash costs to emerge from bankruptcy. The protest reportedly involved 250 workers and lasted less than an hour. It is believed to be isolated and merely symbolic; the IAM union representing NWA ground workers agreed to the contract cleaners as part of a concessionary deal. The airline ...

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