Southwest Airlines Pilots Vote to Authorize Strike

 🔎 Southwest Airlines pilots voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike in a move to pressure the airline during contract negotiations.

 🔎 The union reported that 99% of participating members voted to authorize the strike, and turnout was 98%.

 🔎 The vote does not have any immediate effect on Southwest operations, according to the airline.

 🔎 Under US law, airline workers cannot legally strike unless federal mediators decide that further negotiations are futile.

 🔎 The president and Congress can also block a strike.

 🔎 The Southwest Airlines Pilots Association will petition mediators for permission to strike but will follow the legal process, said the union's president.

 🔎 The union and the airline have been negotiating for more than three years over a new contract.

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