Northwest Airlines wants to lay off 2,840 of its 5,294 mechanics and related workers under a new contract proposal designed to achieve $176.2 million in annual savings, the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Assn. said in a message to members on its website. According to the union, the airline's latest proposal also calls for pay cuts ranging from 25.7% to 26.1% and reductions in benefits for the remaining 2,454 AMFA-represented employees. Northwest, which reported a $458 million net loss for ...

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