Sunday, November 20, 2005
And as for you, Engler
Northwest Airlines has replaced all its striking aircraft mechanics and seems to be operating just fine, but the Aircraft Mechanic Fraternal Association hasn't given up just yet. The group is targeting former Michigan Gov. John Engler, who now sits on the Northwest board of directors.
They have printed 50,000 fliers with a cartoon of Engler as a tough union buster with a spiked club in one hand and a broken bottle in the other. It's titled 'Corporate Thug John Engler.'
The union paints Engler, president of the National Association of Manufacturers in Washington, as an ultraconservative with a controversial and sordid past of slashing social programs as governor and now union-busting at Northwest.
The flier urges Engler to resign from the Northwest board. Engler was traveling and couldn't be reached for comment.
But an AMFA spokesman admitted it's not likely they will get their wish. Asked what they plan to do with all the fliers, the spokesman said they will pass them out in neighborhoods and at union rallies.
One Northwest official summed up AMFA's latest move like this: 'It's long over -- they need to get on with their lives.' "