Northwest Airlines' mechanics union said contract negotiations aimed at avoiding a strike have stalled because the carrier is refusing to...

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Northwest Airlines’ mechanics union said contract negotiations aimed at avoiding a strike have stalled because the carrier is refusing to budge from a proposal to eliminate the jobs of half the group’s workers.

Northwest said in a statement yesterday that it was disappointed by the union’s decision “to leave the negotiating table.” The airline said it made a new offer Tuesday to protect the jobs of 75 percent of mechanics left on the payroll as of Aug. 20.

The Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association, which represents about 5,000 Northwest mechanics, custodians and aircraft cleaners, will be able to strike Aug. 20 if no agreement is reached.