Radisson wrestles with rocket scientists

This one looks nasty: Radisson Hotel City Center in Tucson Gets in Room Duel with Rocket Scientists and Aviation Mechanics.

    AIAA, The American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics, whose 30,000 members include America's leading rocket scientists, filed a June 3 lawsuit against the Radisson. AIAA claims the Radisson contracted to reserve 290 rooms for the group's July conference.

    But AIAA was bumped when Northwest Airlines Corp., the nation's fourth largest airline, booked the 307-room hotel for aviation mechanics who are undergoing training sessions in Radisson conference rooms. The Radisson room stampede began as Northwest and its unionized mechanics, the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association, hunkered down for a possible strike.

Needless to say, lawsuits ensue. You know you're in trouble when a hotel staffer says, "Yes, I'm a manager but I can't tell you who I am."

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