Pilots with Delta Air Lines voted Tuesday by a wide margin to authorize a strike.
The pilots are angered by management's effort to throw out their contract to allow the bankrupt carrier to impose deep pay cuts.
The vote of 94.7 percent in favor of authorizing a strike gives union leaders the ability to set a strike date. Union leaders did not do that immediately and gave no indication exactly 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 15 whether to void the pilots’ contract. The union has said it will strike if its contract is rejected.