That doesn't mean that a strike is going to happen soon (the holiday travel season is safe.) Federal law makes it very hard for airline workers to actually strike. But the vote does mean that their contract negotiations are going nowhere. After seven years of nothing (starting with the America West merger) they are STILL working on separate contracts and operating as two airlines. To say nothing of not having recovered a cent from the concessions during the two US Air bankruptcies.
The point here is that Laura Glading wants to drag us into this mess:
Laura and her cronies may get big pay raises because they'll be in charge of a much larger union. But we're the ones working the flights... what do we get, other than a giant mess that US Air has been trying to solve for seven years?