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We hope to keep you informed about the progress of the ongoing negotiations, with facts, information and genuine communications.


Why a Contract & How You Can Help

The WestJet pilots play a crucial role in the success of WestJet Airlines. We began negotiations with our airline’s management team in September 2017. After nine months of negotiations, which includes a 60-day federal conciliation period, we are closing the gap on many issues, particularly working conditions, total compensation, and job security. Here’s what you need to know and how you can help.

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Significant Dates

June 20, 2018 – Swoop starts service. Now that both parties reached an agreement that WestJet and Swoop are common employers under the Canada Labour Code, and that we are working toward a single Collective Agreement, Swoop flying is WestJet flying—addressing one of WestJet pilots’ top priorities for these negotiations.

June 7, 2018 – Arbitrator William Kaplan issued an interim award regarding Swoop flying: WestJet pilots secured Swoop flying. Among other things, this award ruled that WestJet pilots will fly Swoop planes and determined the seniority of pilots already hired at Swoop. The parties also agreed that WestJet and Swoop are common employers. Not included in the interim award: terms and conditions of Swoop, which will be finalized in the Collective Agreement. Mr. Kaplan will continue as mediator/arbitrator to finalize the Collective Agreement (future dates are scheduled for July, August, and September if necessary).

June 1, 2018 – Mediated negotiations about Swoop begin with assigned mediator/arbitrator, Mr. William Kaplan.

May 25, 2018 – After a very tense week of negotiations involving an agreement by WestJet pilots not to strike, and WestJet not to lock out its employees, the MEC and the Negotiating Team obtained the right to fly all WestJet planes, including those operating at Swoop. The parties come to a settlement process through the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service involving further mediation, followed by binding arbitration.

May 19, 2018 - WestJet pilots aim to avoid possible May 19 strike, but prepare for all outcomes. The pilots will be in a legal position to commence job action on May 19; however, the Association has committed to having no job action over the Victoria Day (May) long weekend as the collective bargaining continues so travel plans will be unaffected.

May 10, 2018 - WestJet pilots’ strike authorization vote closed. A 91 percent “yes” vote demonstrates WestJet pilots’ resolve for a fair contract.

May 8, 2018 - WestJet pilots hold an informational picket.

April 28, 2018 - Marks the beginning of a statutory 21-day cooling-off period, which runs through May 18, after which the pilots are permitted to strike. The parties have already agreed to bargain during the cooling off period.  

April 27, 2018 - The conciliation period ended without a contract.

April 25, 2018 - WestJet pilots announce negotiations still at odds; opened a strike authorization ballot vote to the members of their bargaining group.

April 20, 2018 - WestJet pilots receive $2 million grant to aid in reaching first contract.

March 2018 - The Canada Industrial Relations Board (CIRB) sided with the WestJet and WestJet Encore pilots, issuing an interim order against airline management. The CIRB’s decision included a cease and desist warning regarding management’s attempted hiring practices for Swoop.

February 2018 - Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) approves application and appoints two conciliators.

February 2018 - WestJet and WestJet Encore Pilots File Unfair Labour Practice Complaint and Application for an Interim Order with the CIRB. WestJet Pilots File for Conciliation.

September 2017 - WestJet Pilots Make History: Begin Negotiations for Airline’s First-Ever Collective Agreement.

May 2017 - WestJet pilots elect first Interim Pilot Union Leaders.

May 2017 - WestJet pilots vote to join ALPA.

April 2017 - WestJet pilots seek ALPA representation.

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Westjet ALPA Pilots

The WestJet Airlines Master Executive Council represents over 1500 pilots, based in Vancouver, Calgary, and Toronto. Our pilots safely operate an average of 425 flights per day on a fleet comprised of B737NG, B737MAX, and B767-300 aircraft (B787s arriving in 2019). With more than 120 aircraft, our pilots fly into destinations across Canada, United States, Mexico, Caribbean, Central America, and Europe. We are proud to represent the best interests of our pilots and will ensure that WestJet pilots are well positioned for the upcoming growth, and continued career success in step with WestJetā€™s success.

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