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NORTHWEST AIRLINES WOULD NEED APPROVAL FROM UNION WORKERS FOR MAJOR BUSINESS DECISIONS UNDER PROPOSED BAIL-OUT DEAL

 WASHINGTON, Jan. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Teamsters President Ron Carey and leaders of five other unions at Northwest Airlines today outlined to company president John Dasburg a proposal for an investment in the company through labor cost reductions in order to save jobs.
 Carey opened the meeting in Bloomington, Minn., today with harsh words about the company's move to lay off more than 1,000 workers, 780 of them Teamsters, which was announced yesterday.
 "The unions' commitment to investing $900 million in Northwest was based on two assumptions: that Northwest had a viable plan to save the company and save our members' jobs and that Northwest would act in good faith in what obviously would be sensitive negotiations requiring trust on both sides," Carey said. "Both of these assumptions are highly questionable."
 Carey continued, "Northwest must develop a plan to save the company and to save jobs, and Northwest exhibited the worst kind of bad faith when it laid off 780 flight attendants with very little notice, just before these discussions began."
 The unions' proposal would restructure the company to protect workers' jobs and investment. Under the proposal, flight attendants represented by the Teamsters, like other Northwest employees, would accept reductions in labor costs and would be assured of:
 1) similar commitments by management, shareholders, lenders and vendors.
 2) a significant restructuring of the airline to assure Northwest's long-term survival.
 3) a major decision-making role in the airline that would empower union workers to protect their investment by requiring their approval for many major business decisions.
 4) guarantees in a new collective bargaining agreement of increased job security and improved working conditions.
 "We're going to have to see a commitment to maintain good jobs for working people, and an end to corporate looting by a few greedy individuals," Carey said. "Otherwise, any changes that workers agree to would just be throwing good money after bad."
 According to the proposal, union workers would exercise a significant decision-making role in the company.
 Specific changes in labor costs would be negotiated in collective bargaining by each union. Negotiations between the Teamsters and Northwest are expected to begin soon.
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 /CONTACT: Nancy Stella or Matt Witt of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, 202-624-6911/


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