Northwest Airlines could face a legal labour strike this summer after the carrier and its mechanics each asked federal mediators to start a 30-day cooling off period. Northwest chief executive Doug Steenland says the deadline should pressure both sides to reach an agreement. The Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association (AMFA) says 92.4% of its more than 5,000 mechanics and fleet service workers favour a strike. It has offered about $140 million in annual savings, while the airline wants at least $176 million, AMFA says.

Source: Airline Business