Bankrupt Airline Now Facing Strike

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The union representing 800 A-T-A pilots and flight mechanics has voted to authorize a strike, but its spokesman says its has renewed negotiations with the bankrupt airline.

Fifteen days of balloting on the strike authorization for members of the Air Line Pilots Association ended yesterday. A union spokesman declined to release the vote totals. Before the pilots can go on strike, the union leadership must approve the walkout. The pilots say new wage concessions being proposed by the airline would have them earning 40 percent less than their contracted rate. Union officials says pilots have accepted 66 (m) million dollars in wage concessions over the past 15 months.

Indianapolis-based A-T-A filed for Chapter Eleven bankruptcy protection nearly a year ago. It has cut more than three-thousand jobs over the last two years.

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