The National Mediation Board Thursday offered binding arbitration to Northwest Airlines and the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Assn. The step came after both the airline and the union, which represents Northwest's mechanics, asked to be released from mediation. In a statement, Northwest said it "wants to work with AMFA to reach a consensual agreement that provides wage and benefit levels that are fair to employees and that will allow Northwest to stem its unsustainable operating ...

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