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Judge Temporarily Halts Northwest Strike

by Jack Penning

Posted on August 25, 2006 at 2:07 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 4 at 2:45 PM

At noon Pacific time, a federal judge blocked the right of Northwest Airlines flight attendants to strike. They had been planning to walk-off targeted flights at 7:01pm tonight, Pacific time. It means a strike is postponed, but we don't know for how long. We also don't know if the flight attendants' union will abide by the judge's ruling.

Please see the earlier blog posting for other details and links.

Below, you'll find a copy of the Associated Press story from the courtroom. I'm currently at PDX, awaiting a meeting with union leaders, and I'll have further updates here, and on NewsChannel 8 tonight at 5, 6, and 6:30, as I get more information.

NEW YORK -- A federal judge blocked Northwest Airlines flight attendants from going on strike Friday, handing a victory to the cash-strapped airline.

U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero said he will issue an injunction that allows time for him to examine the case. He said Northwest Airlines Corp. made a "persuasive case" that a delay in any strike was necessary so that the legal issues could be resolved.

He said that while the injury to flight attendants would be to delay their ability to strike, "far greater injuries exist to Northwest and the public by permitting the strike to commence at this point."

Northwest, already operating under bankruptcy protection, has said a strike could kill it.