Judge Is Asked to Block Strike by Mesaba Unions

From the Associated Press

Mesaba Aviation Inc. asked a bankruptcy judge to block a strike that could begin today if the Northwest Airlines feeder fails to make a deal with its unions.

Mesaba, a unit of Minneapolis-based MAIR Holdings Inc., followed Northwest, its only customer, into bankruptcy protection last year. The company has said its workers need to take pay cuts so it can compete with other regional carriers for Northwest’s business. Talks have failed to produce a deal, and on Monday a bankruptcy judge gave Mesaba permission to impose terms on its pilots, flight attendants and mechanics.

The airline has said it may do that at 12:01 a.m. Central time today.