Northwest Flight Attendants Willing To Support Merger

January 22, 2008

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The flight attendants at Northwest Airlines are willing to back a merger, but they want higher wages first.

"We would like to be supportive (of) a merger, but we must first ensure that our members' needs are addressed," Kevin Griffin, president of the Association of Flight Attendants union at Northwest, said in a statement.

Northwest flight attendants are looking to reclaim concessions ordered by a bankruptcy court while the carrier was in Chapter 11. The union said those concessions led to a 40 percent reduction in wages and benefits.

Northwest is reportedly in merger talks with Delta Air Lines. The airlines have declined to comment.