Fraternal Association (AMFA) National Director O.V. Delle-Femine is
saying that Northwest Airlines is increasingly desperate and
has escalated its behind-the-scenes campaign to persuade AMFA
members to return to work.
"Publicly, Northwest must maintain the deception that operations
are normal and AMFA members are no longer needed. Behind the
scenes, Northwest management has launched an escalating campaign of
letter-writing and calls to our members' homes to urge them to come
back," he said.
"Northwest's contingency plan counted on a substantial
percentage of AMFA members crossing the picket lines by now to
rescue the unsustainable combination of overworked managers and
under-trained strikebreakers. Northwest is naive to think that
substantial numbers of AMFA members will cross the lines to save
management's bacon. That's not going to happen."
"Northwest's on-time performance remains far below normal, even
after the airline curtailed its flight schedule, reset "normal" to
68 percent on-time performance from historical levels of ten
percentage points or more higher than that, and manipulated the
system to hide as many actual delays and cancellations as
possible," Delle-Femine said.
Northwest's stock price keeps dropping, the company is approaching
bankruptcy, and a maintenance safety investigation is looming by
the Department of Transportation's Inspector General's office.
Northwest management is up against the wall," he said.
Delle-Femine responded to speculation that AMFA might have been
better off accepting Northwest's final pre-strike offer by noting
that "Northwest was well aware that both that offer and the most
recent one were so draconian that neither one stood a chance of
being accepted by our members. Hypothetically, if AMFA had accepted
the earlier offer, Northwest would have come back right away for
more anyway, so it would have made absolutely no difference."
AMFA's craft union represents aircraft maintenance technicians
and related support personnel at Alaska Airlines, ATA, Horizon Air,
Independence Airlines, Mesaba Airlines, Northwest Airlines,
Southwest Airlines and United Airlines.