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El Al Maintenance Workers’ Strike May Delay Bringing Jumbo Jet 747 into Service

The continuation of the El Al maintenance workers strike may cause a delay in bringing the jumbo jet 747 into service next summer. The striking workers included a special “jumbo 747″ clause in which they demanded a special increase of pay to those who would be qualified to maintenance this plane. Otherwise, the workers refuse to even start the special mechanical course scheduled to begin Sunday which will prepare workers to handle the large jet. As things now stand, there seems to be no chance that the maintenance workers will resume normal work. If they do not start the mechanical course on time, El Al management will have to delay operating its giant plane for another year.