Southwest Airlines’ pilot union has called for a strike authorization vote, weeks after a tech meltdown at the carrier left tens of thousands of passengers stranded across the United States.
“It is not a decision we have taken lightly, but given the trajectory of our current leadership group, we have little faith in the stability and future of our airline,” Capt. Casey Murray, president of Southwest Airlines Pilot Association, which represents more than 10,000 pilots, said in a statement.
The strike authorization vote will take place beginning May 1 and will be counted at the end of that month. Southwest did not immediately respond to a request for comment.