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CESAR GOMEZ: WORLDS APART

AGE
34

FAMILY
Wife works full-time; one young child

JOB
Flight attendant for Northwest Airlines Inc., Los Angeles

HOW THINGS WORK
Life ''is very confusing,'' admits Gomez, whose wife, Gloria, also is a Northwest (NWAC) attendant. The two stagger schedules to care for Alexandra, 18 months. Cesar cooks and vacuums. The hitch: He and Gloria rarely see each other. Four or five times a month, too, one lays over, and the other must drive Alexandra an hour to Gloria's mother. He'd prefer Gloria not to work, but they need both incomes to cover the mortgage and other expenses.

HIS TAKE
''Yesterday, Gloria left for Osaka. Today, I came from Tokyo. We met for 20 minutes at the airport. Northwest does nothing to help. [Once,] Alexandra was sick, and my wife called in sick. The supervisor said that if she was going to call in sick a lot, she should quit.'' [Northwest says its policies are ''very, very lenient.'']




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