President Not To Become Involved In Possible Northwest Airlines Strike

The White House says President Bush does not plan to appoint a presidential emergency board in an attempt to avert a possible strike by mechanics at Northwest Airlines.

A 30-day cooling-off period ends at 11:01 p-m central time on Friday. If no agreement is reached by that time, mechanics could strike or the airline could lock out the mechanics.

Bush has the option of appointing a presidential emergency board, a move that would maintain the status quo until the panel examines the dispute. The president used that option in the spring of 2001 when Northwest mechanics came within days of striking.

But White House spokesman Trent Duffy said no such move is expected from Bush this time.