WS Pilot Update: No Disruption To Long Weekend

Open Jaw, Bruce Parkinson

WestJet has provided an update regarding contract negotiations with its pilots.

Through a statement from the company, Lyell Farquharson, VP sales & distribution for the airline, has said that no action will take place over the Victoria Day long weekend, thus “allowing the bargaining teams to meet every day this week, working towards reaching a mutually-supported agreement.”

Farquharson also confirmed that should ALPA's Master Executive Council (MEC), the union representing WestJet’s pilots, decide to call for a strike, it is required to provide WestJet with 72-hours of notice, saying that “strike mandates are a relatively common collective bargaining tactic,” that do not necessarily mean a strike will take place. He also emphasized that the strike authorization does not include WestJet Encore.

“WestJet negotiators continue to meet and bargain with the MEC and we are also working on contingency plans to minimize the impact to our guests.  In the event travel plans are disrupted we are offering all of our guests a full refund,” said Farquharson. “I recognize and appreciate the frustration this uncertainty brings. We are working diligently towards a negotiated settlement.”

Bruce Parkinson

Bruce Parkinson Editor-in-Chief

An observer and analyst of the Canadian and international travel industries for over 25 years, Bruce uses the pre-dawn hours to prepare a daily news and information package to keep industry members up to date.

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