We all know that at some point an agreement must be reached. We also know that any tentative agreement is going to be extreme by any measure.

If they can find mechanics willing to work under the terms that Northwest wanted to pay, more power to them. We refuse to work under those conditions and we are prepared to walk away and start our lives somewhere else.

It would have to be a significant shift from where they've dug in so far. If they're not interested in talking, our guys may leave.

I'm absolutely convinced that the proposal that they made last night moved inches, where yards need to be advanced.

What really matters is whether the other unions at Northwest will support us. And that remains to be seen. At this stage of the game it's pretty standard for everyone to remain silent and see if a strike occurs.

Our members know that working for Northwest Airlines, they have to have a strike fund.

Our evidence is that Northwest is having a great deal of trouble keeping their operation running.

I'm certain that (the mechanics union negotiating committee) will reject it if we haven't (already) because it falls well short of what we need. They have failed to even start addressing some of our needs.

Clearly Northwest Airlines would prefer a strike over an agreement, and it looks like they're probably going to get their wish.