Judge delays ruling on Mesaba unions
10/17/2006, 10:00 p.m. ET
By JOSHUA FREED
The Associated Press
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A bankruptcy judge delayed a ruling Tuesday night on blocking union workers from striking Mesaba Aviation Inc., but also barred the Northwest Airlines feeder airline from imposing new contract terms at midnight.
Mesaba had said it would impose terms at 1:01 a.m. EDT on Wednesday if it got the injunction it was seeking and the two sides hadn't reached agreement. The unions had said they'd strike if that happened — something that could put Mesaba out of business for good.
After several hours of hearing from both sides, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Gregory Kishel said Tuesday night he would wait until late this week or early next week to issue a decision.