I can tell you that ALPA is likely not siding with the mechanics unless the head guys of it are, apparently all the pilots at NW
are saying that the mechanics would be stupid to strike because they wont have a job then. They are getting frusturated at them purposely taking a great while to get out to the planes when needed.
Northwest offered them a great deal a while back, but since they all have their heads up their butts they rejected it. I doubt they will see that deal come to the table again, oh well, too bad so sad.