CONTACT: GEORGE McCRORY
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0012; fax (319) 384-0024
NORTHWEST AIRLINES STRIKE
Reporters and editors looking for commentary on the Northwest Airlines
pilots' strike may contact John Delaney, professor of management
and organizations at the University of Iowa, at (319) 335-3893.
Delaney said a complicating factor in the Northwest pilots' strike is
the continuing negotiations with the other unions that represent Northwest
employees, the Machinists union and the Teamsters. "Northwest could
settle with the pilots and still have another strike.
"The pilots gave Northwest concessions in the last contract negotiations
in 1993, and now they want something in return. Northwest has made money
since then, and the pilots want their share," Delaney added.
LABOR DAY/LABOR UNIONS
Delaney said the Northwest Airlines strike, the latest in a series of
U.S. labor union strikes that began with the United Parcel Service (UPS)
walkout, is a sign that unions are getting more aggressive in a move to
increase their power. He said labor unions may play a larger role in upcoming
elections because Democrats need to get a large voter turnout in November
in light of possible voter apathy due to the Clinton/Lewinsky scandal.
"The unions have become involved in a number of state issues where
they have encouraged getting members to the polls," he said.