MILWAUKEE, Wis. (WTAQ) - Pilots for the second-most popular airline in Milwaukee have authorized a strike. The Air Line Pilots Association announced the strike vote Tuesday morning again AirTran Airways.
About 50 pilots picketed outside a downtown Milwaukee hotel where AirTran was holding its annual stockholders’ meeting. Union spokesman Jim Morris said he hopes the vote will give the pilots the power to win higher wages in the contract talks they’re now having.
AirTran spokesman Christopher White said the company will keep negotiating in good faith at the bargaining table, and not through the media. AirTran, which is based in Orlando, has about 1,650 pilots in all. The carrier recently started a hub at Milwaukee’s Mitchell International Airport.