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US AIRWAYS UNION OKS STRIKE

The union representing reservation agents and other passenger service employees at US Airways has voted to authorize a strike if it cannot negotiate a fair contract with the bankrupt airline.

No strike is imminent, though, and the two sides are continuing negotiations on a new contract.

The Communications Workers of America, which represents about 6,000 workers at US Airways, said that 86 percent of those members who voted authorized a strike.

US Airways is seeking significant cost cuts from all its unions as it seeks to transform itself into a low-cost carrier along the lines of JetBlue Airways Corp. or America West Airlines.

Management has warned that it will ask the judge as soon as next week to terminate the union's collective bargaining agreement and impose permanent cost cuts if a consensual agreement cannot be reached.

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