Judge Blocks Strike at Mesaba Aviation

A bankruptcy judge on Monday blocked a strike by unions at Mesaba Aviation Inc., clearing the way for the feeder for Northwest Airlines Corp. to impose pay cuts later this week, the AP reports. Mesaba, which has been reorganizing under bankruptcy protection for a year, had said a strike would probably put it out of business. A judge enjoined Mesaba's pilots, flight attendants and mechanics from any type of work stoppage action. His decision leaves Mesaba free to cut employee pay on Thursday without fear of a crippling work stoppage. Mesaba, a unit of MAIR Holdings Inc., filed for bankruptcy protection in October 2005, about a month after Northwest—its only major customer—did the same thing.

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