MESABA WORKERS BRACE FOR WORST: Many face uncertain future as airline seeks to cut costs
In three days last week, Nick Birchfield and his coworkers at Mesaba Airlines raised nearly $600 selling used cassette tapes, pots and pans, vintage furniture and more from his front yard in Wayne.
It was one way that 32-year-old Birchfield and other flight attendants tried to prepare for an uncertain future that could include a strike, pay cuts or layoffs.
Mesaba, which operates more than 80 flights a day at Metro Airport for Northwest Airlines, is reorganizing under bankruptcy protection. The company says it must cut wages and lay off workers, and it is seeking a judge's approval to do so....