Northwest Flight Attendants Vote on Strike

Flight attendants and Northwest's other large unions have said they will wait until a strike begins to announce whether they will cross the mechanics' picket line.

The animosity between AMFA and other ground workers is no surprise, considering that AMFA snatched the mechanics away from the IAM, said John Budd, a labor relations professor at the University of Minnesota who has followed Northwest's labor trials.

Ted Ludwig, president of the AMFA unit that represents Northwest mechanics in Minneapolis, said the lack of solidarity isn't AMFA's fault.

''We've reached out many times to the other unions,'' he said. ''Building solidarity, it takes two to have solidarity.''

Copyright 2005 Associated Press

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