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WestJet ALPA Pilots

Mission Statement

To serve and to be the voice for WestJet pilots. To improve our working conditions. To protect and advance our pilots’ careers.

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ALPA Canada

Founded in 1931, the Air Line Pilots Association, Int'l is the largest airline pilot union in the world and represents more than 61,000 pilots at 33 airlines in Canada and the United States, including pilots at Air Georgian, Air Transat, Bearskin, Calm Air, Canadian North, First Air, Jazz Aviation, Kelowna Flightcraft, Sky Regional, Wasaya, WestJet, and WestJet Encore.

The Canada Board responsibilities include planning, coordinating, and administering ALPA Canada activities and initiatives that further ALPA’s strategic goals with the Canadian government and stakeholders

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Significant Dates

May 2020

Memorandum of Agreement 2 (Pilot Layoff Mitigations – COVID-19) agreed to – WestJet lays off 450 pilots.

April 2020

Memorandum of Agreement 1 (Pilot Layoff Mitigations – COVID-19) agreed to.

December 2019

Vote on Pilot Transfer Agreement (between WestJet Group of Companies) passes.

September 2019

Memorandum of Settlement #2 reached.

May 2019

"One-List" Vote does not pass.

April 2019

Memorandum of Settlement #1 reached.

December 2018

Arbitrator William Kaplan awards WestJet pilots their first Collective Agreement. [Link]

June 2018

Kaplan interim order - Swoop flying by WestJet pilots. [Link]

May 2018

May 8 - Information Picket. [Link]

May 10 - Strike vote passes with 91% in favour. [Link]

May 25 - William Kaplan becomes Arbitrator - parties agree to binding arbitration.

March 2018

CIRB rules ULP complaint successful Swoop hiring practices. [Link]

September 2017

Bargaining for first Collective Agreement begins. [Link]

July 2017

Pilot representatives elected and first MEC elected.

May 2017

Pilots vote to join ALPA. [Link]

Interim pilot leaders appointed. [Link]

April 2017

Membership cards submitted to CIRB. [Link]

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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 WestJet’s success.