Delta Pilots Overwhelmingly Authorize Strike

ATLANTA (AP) - Delta Air Lines pilots voted by a wide margin
today to authorize a strike because of management's effort to throw
out their contract and impose deep pay cuts.

Union leaders said almost 95 percent voted in favor of giving
them the authority to set a strike date. The leaders didn't set a
date immediately and gave no indication when they might act.

The results were announced in a memo to pilots from the chairman
of the union's executive committee, Lee Moak.

An arbitration panel must decide by April 15th whether to void
the pilots' contract. The union has said it will strike if its
contract is rejected.

Delta, which is operating under bankruptcy protection, has said
a strike would put it out of business. Company spokesman Bruce
Hicks said the vote will not affect Delta service. He said the
airline is committed to seeking a consensual deal with its pilots.