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Mesaba mechanics continue negotiations

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Mesaba Saab turboprop aircraft
A Saab turboprop aircraft at MSP, part of the Mesaba fleet
MPR Photo/Jeff Horwich

Eagan-based Mesaba Airlines reached contract agreements with two of its unions over the weekend.  The regional carrier's pilots and flight attendants will soon get to decide whether to approve the negotiated contracts.  A bankruptcy judge had given Mesaba the right to impose labor contracts on workers without the workers' approval, but the airline chose to keep negotiating.

Mesaba employs more than 3,000 workers and serves more than 100 cities as a Northwest Airlink affiliate. 

The airline still has not reached agreement with its mechanics, though negotiations continue.  Minnesota Public Radio's Steven John talked to University of Minnesota Industrial Relations Professor John Remington about what leverage the unions have left.