Over the past month or more, I have seen headlines that speak of Northwest seeking concessions from labor. The pilots have been mentoned specifically. Inasmuch as I have only skimmed the articles, I have no details on the amount NW
management is looking to trim from its labor costs (except that it seems to be a very substantial amount) and from which groups. From the tone of recent headlines, I would surmise that talks between management and labor are ongoing.
Continental has been trimming its labor costs through job reductions, as much as possible through attrition, early retirements and voluntary leaves.
Alaska, by contrast, continues to expand and take delivery of new aircraft, hiring as needed to meet additional staffing needs created by growth of the fleet and network. There is no talk of labor being asked to make concessions.