Thursday, August 25, 2005

AMFA Strike

It looks more and more like the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association is going to lose their war against Northwest Airlines. The Detroit Free Press has reported that some of the tasks that AMFA members were assigned to will now be assigned to members of the International Association of Machinists - the same union that the AMFA broke away from in the 1990s.

This is a brilliant move by NWA. It appeases the IAM (for the meantime) while earning a few public relations points from people that tend to favor unions on labor issues. More importantly, it is additional leverage against the AMFA. The more Northwest's performance stays as strong as it has been thus far post-strike, the better odds the AMFA can be broken.