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Minnesota rally supports striking airline workers

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BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) — Hundreds of people gathered Saturday in support of striking Northwest Airlines workers, one week after union members walked off the job.

About 4,400 mechanics, cleaners and custodians represented by the Airline Mechanics Fraternal Association are refusing to take pay cuts and layoffs that would have reduced their ranks by nearly half and the wages of those remaining by about 25 percent. No new talks have been scheduled.

Mechanic Bob Williams said he's been working on a resume but hasn't looked for jobs yet. His wife, Denise, and daughters Emily, 12, and Rachel, 10, made signs for the rally reading "FLY SAFE NWA. BRING MY DADDY BACK."