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    :: Friday, August 26, 2005 ::

    A Maverick Union Chief Now in Search of Unity - By STEVEN GREENHOUSE, New York Times
    Mr. Delle-Femine has long infuriated other unions by telling mechanics that they would be better off quitting their larger, more general unions and joining his small craft union. For him, a principal theme - which clashes with what much of organized labor stands for - is that the mechanics' strength lies in their skills, not in their numbers.

    "The mechanics' union is quite weakened by its isolation," said John Fossum, a professor of industrial relations at the University of Minnesota in St. Paul. "If they had the support of the other unions, especially the machinists, which represents the largest number of employees at Northwest - all the baggage handlers and gate agents - they really could have shut the airline down."
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