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Sunday,  May 26, 2024 11:33 PM 

Operations won't be impacted by rejected agreement, says WestJet

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  •   05-13-2024  9:05 am
  •   Pax Global Media

Operations won't be impacted by rejected agreement, says WestJet
Pax Global Media

WestJet Encore pilots have rejected the tentative agreement presented to them last month.

Of the 92 per cent of eligible pilots who cast ballots, 53 per cent voted against the agreement.

A statement released by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), which represents the pilots, said they “were underwhelmed by the WestJet Group’s attempts at using compensation to gloss over many of the core structural issues of the operation.”

“Despite contract improvements to compensation and scheduling, our pilots held strong in their belief that management isn’t doing enough to address the ongoing pilot attraction and retention issues and low morale that remain at our airline,” said Capt. Carin Kenny, chair of the WestJet Encore ALPA Master Executive Council. “In the wake of this vote, we are hopeful management finally understands that more must done to address the issues that clearly remain for our pilots.”

In response, WestJet said the pilots’ decision would not impact operations.

“We are disappointed to learn that our WestJet Encore pilots have rejected an agreement that is distinctly competitive within Canada’s airline industry and solutioned their unique concerns,” said Diederik Pen, president of WestJet Airlines and group chief operating officer. “Our tentative agreement represented a robust negotiation process that got us to our final offer, and while we will meet with ALPA to determine next steps, we will hold firm on what is reasonable to ensure we can continue providing meaningful employment and affordable air travel to Canadians.”

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