May 14, 2007
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Northwest Employees Fight for Fairness
MINNEAPOLIS, MINN.—Northwest Airlines employees will conduct informational picketing tomorrow at the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport to demonstrate their anger over NWA management's manipulation of the bankruptcy court that awarded lavish double-digit million dollar bonuses for NWA executives while at the same time forcing 40 percent pay cuts on the rank and file employees.
Pilots, flight attendants and other employees will picket and leaflet from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on the ticketing level at the airport's Lindbergh Terminal.
"Northwest Airlines will not have a successful future if its employees are angry and demoralized," said Capt. Dave Stevens, chairman of the Northwest Airlines unit of the Air Line Pilots Association. "It is unconscionable to use employees' pay cuts to provide huge bonuses to the same executive team that led our company into bankruptcy."
In August 2006, Northwest Airlines employees collectively began giving Northwest Airlines management $1.4 billion dollars in annual concessions. While employees have struggled to adjust their family budgets by over 40 percent relative to their cuts in wages and benefits, Northwest recently announced that it will reward its "top executives" with $400 million once the company emerges from bankruptcy. NWA CEO Doug Steenland will alone receive a $26.6 million bonus.
"Northwest is well ahead of their business plan, but they refuse to offer their own employees, families and communities relief," said Jay Hong, NWA Association of Flight Attendants (AFA-CWA) President. "Instead they want our pain to be the executives’ gain. Enough is enough. Rather than worrying about retaining executives who have driven this company into bankruptcy, they need to worry about their employees who have built this company and continue to do it."
For more information about the ALPA or the AFA, please visit their respective websites: www.nwaalpa.org and www.nwaafa.org.
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|SOURCE: ALPA and AFA
CONTACTS: Will Holman (ALPA), 612-840-7749, Andy Wisbacher (AFA-CWA), 952-241-4102