DOL Sues Northwest Airline Local Over Flawed Natl. Election

On January 16, 2003, a complaint was filed in the U.S. Dist. Ct. for the Dist. of Minnesota against Dist. Lodge 143 of the Intl. Assn. of Machinists (IAM), which represents some 21,800 members predominately employed by Northwest Airlines headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn. The complaint resulted from an investigation by the Minneapolis branch of the U.S. Ofc. Of Labor-Mgmt. Standards into the district lodge’s August 13, 2002 election. It revealed that six locals failed to hold an election, eleven locals failed to send out an election notice, and 25 locals sent out an inadequate election notice. The complaint seeks a new election under OLMS supervision. [OLMS 2/5/03]