The pilots in WestJet airline have voted in favor of strike action on Tuesday. About 95% of members were involved in the process of casting a ballot. The union asserted that it is still in favor of signing a contract before it takes any job action. It is concerned about a huge gap existing while negotiating on the compensation, job security, and the working conditions.
Union has informed the company that they will not strike busy weekends in May. Rob McFadyen, chair of West Jet’s Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) and Master Executive Council (MEC), has stated that WestJet pilots are ready to stand up for the fair contract they deserve.
Further, he added that this will put them in line with all their peers across the industry. He underlined the need of their reorganization in terms of industry-standard compensation and working conditions. He also insisted on the job security and opposed the management’s strategy of outsourcing their jobs.
Ed Sims, WestJet’s chief executive, stated that the company respects the outcomes of this vote. It recognizes that the mandate pilots have given ALPA. He also confirmed that their customers will not be affected because of this strike over the Victoria Day long weekend. Sims accepted that the strike has impacted on the sales of the airline tickets.
Marc Garneau, Federal Transport Minister, asserted that he is watching the negotiation process closely and hoping that both the sides will come to an agreement.
WestJet airlines announced today that the company is adding two nonstop flights. These special flights will be running in between Winnipeg and Las Vegas on May 17, 2018, and May 20, 2018. John Weatherill, WestJet’s Vice President, asserted that the company is thrilled to support Winnipeg hockey community. WestJet is the only airline offering non-stop service from Winnipeg to the McCarran International Airport (LAS) in Las Vegas.