Westjet Pilot Collective Agreement

“This contract is due to the commitment and professionalism of our WestJet Encore negotiators and our elected leaders, pilots and ALPA employees,” confirmed Captain Ryan Leier, Vice President of WEN MEC. “Thank you also to the airline management and the mediator for their efforts to work with us to reach this agreement.” AlPA represents approximately 1,600 WestJet and Swoop pilots without WestJet Encore. WestJet Encore pilots are represented by ALPA in a separate bargaining unit that is currently conducting collective bargaining with the company. READ MORE: Commercial pilots licensed in the middle of COVID-19 could get new jobs in the Canadian Army It`s the same process that WestJet pilots, flight attendants and distributors have already gone through to gain union advantage. Each of their unions is now negotiating its first contracts. To protect your interests, there are strict rules that must be followed to ensure that the workers` actual intent is reflected, including collecting $5 with each card. With the arrival of spring, the pilots and the company agreed on additional mediation that should resolve negotiations that were to continue in 2019 to resolve differences of opinion on certain deadlines for the implementation of the contract and to assess the total amount of retroactive funds owed to the pilot group. On April 15, the carrier announced that 1,700 WestJet, WestJet Encore and Swoop pilots would be laid off due to the COVID-19 crisis. “We are pleased to see all of our pilots and many other WestJetters who have been affected by this crisis return to work at WestJet.” Unifor members in the Aeroplan call centres last week ratified a new collective agreement that ended two-tier wages, generous signing bonuses, secured work for members, while the loyalty program goes through a transitional period, and included a stronger language for part-time vacations.

The Canada Industrial Relations Board (CIRB) has issued interim certification to the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) as WestJet`s roadside agents union. They join 12,000 cabin crew members who are already CUPE members. This follows the fact that at the beginning of the year, WestJet pilots officially joined the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) and are part of the world`s largest pilots` union, representing more than 60,000 pilots in Canada and the United States. WestJet and the pilots agreed in May on a settlement process to obtain their first contract through mediation. Now that there are more in-flight staff, it`s time for customer service staff, host service ambassadors and baggage handlers to ensure they also have a voice during this time of change at WestJet.