MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Northwest Airlines and its mechanics presented separate proposals to the National Mediation Board on Tuesday so the board could determine whether further negotiations might lead to a contract agreement.
The board asked each side on Monday to submit a settlement offer, said Mike Young, who represents Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association Local 33 in the negotiations. AMFA represents Northwest's 10,000 mechanics and cleaners.
The board was still looking at the proposals from both parties late Tuesday after the meetings ended and told union representatives to remain in Washington, said Steve MacFarlane, president of Local 33.
Bill Reis, AMFA vice president, said Wednesday morning that the union expects to see the board's proposal sometime Wednesday, but couldn't predict at what time.
"We are still hopeful that it can be resolved in mediation," Reis said.
He said progress was being made during the last round of negotiations, and that the union was surprised they were adjourned.
"We're confident that this time there was enough movement to get something done," Reis said.
The AMFA representatives indicated the board was giving the union "a very short time to conclude negotiations or our case would be off their plate," Young informed members in a posting on the union's Web site.
If the two sides had sufficiently narrowed the gap between their positions, the board indicated it would call negotiators back to the table, Young said.
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