WestJet pilots are now part of the world’s largest pilot union. With approximately 1,400 pilots participating in the representation vote, 62 percent voted to join ALPA—sending a clear message to management that it’s time for an industry-competitive collect agreement.
The pilots recently elected their interim Master Executive Council (MEC) officers, including Capt. Rob McFadyen, chairman; F/O Tim Perry, vice chairman; and Capt. Dave Power, secretary-treasurer. Within the next few months, eligible WestJet pilots will have the opportunity to run and vote for permanent leadership positions.
“We’re excited to begin our journey with ALPA,” said McFadyen. “With ALPA by our side, we now have access to vast resources that will help us achieve our goals, and that’s something we’re all looking forward to.”
The new MEC is currently focused on recruiting WestJet pilots for ALPA membership, setting up a Negotiating Committee to prepare for and begin contract negotiations under the Canada Labour Code, and establishing other key committees.
“We’re looking forward to building a constructive relationship with WestJet management and moving forward as a strong, competitive airline,” McFadyen said.
In operation since 1996, WestJet is Canada’s second-largest airline, with hubs in Calgary, Alb.; Toronto, Ont.; and Vancouver, B.C. Headquartered in Calgary, the airline operates an average of 425 flights per day with service to more than 150 destinations in Canada, the United States, Europe, Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean.
The carrier’s mainline fleet consists exclusively of Boeing aircraft, including 13 B-737-600 NextGens, 56 B-737-700s, 46 B-737-800s, and four B-767-300ERs. Its wholly owned subsidiary, Encore, flies Bombardier Dash 8-Q400s.