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After a 14-month strike, Northwest and the mechanics union reach a tentative agreement to end the standoff that began in August 2005.

The cause of the strike, a $176 million wage and benefit cut to workers, was the first major labor disruption for Northwest since 1998, and saw 4,000 mechanics and cleaners walk off the job.

The settlement package the union got when the dispute was finally settled on this day in 2006? 10 weeks pay if the individual in question left the company completely, five weeks if they chose to go on a recall list for jobs with the company.

Northwest found themselves in the midst of another strike right before the mechanics' layoff ended, with flight attendants having their strike attempt blocked Sept. 15, 2006.

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