Alaska pilots authorize future strike if contract talks fail

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    SEATTLE (AP) — Alaska Airlines pilots have voted overwhelmingly to authorize a future strike if current contract negotiations with management and federal mediation efforts fail.

    The Seattle Times reports the Air Line Pilots Association said Wednesday that almost 96% of its members cast mail-in votes and that 99% of those authorized the union’s leaders to call a strike if necessary and when permitted after a prolonged process managed by the National Mediation Board.

    The vote could increase pressure on Alaska Airlines management to come to a contract settlement.

    The union has been stalled for years trying to negotiate a contract that addresses work rules, scheduling flexibility and career security.

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