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December 20, 2020

Westjet Alpa Collective Agreement

Filed under: Uncategorized — Mark Baker @ 5:30 am

WestJet announced Thursday that it has reached an agreement with the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) to save more than 1,000 pilot positions. CALGARY, April 30, 2020 /CNW/ – WestJet today announced that it has reached an agreement with the Airline Pilots Association (ALPA) to save more than 1,000 pilot positions at WestJet, WestJet and Encore and Swoop in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis. The airline had previously confirmed that 1,700 WestJet, WestJet Encore and Swoop pilots had received redundancy notices that were effective either May 1 or June 1, 2020. AlPA represents approximately 1,600 WestJet and Swoop pilots without WestJet Encore. WestJet Encore pilots are represented by ALPA in a separate bargaining unit that is currently conducting collective bargaining with the company. The agreement allows WestJet`s group of companies to keep pilots beyond the three groups by changing the terms of existing agreements. “Today`s award provides WestJet with the opportunity to grow, operate a sustainable business and compete effectively in today`s operating environment,” said Ed Sims, President and CEO of WestJet. “The conclusion of this first agreement now allows us to draw our attention to the arrival of WestJet`s first Boeing 787 Dreamliner and our transition to a global network operator. I look forward to continuing to work with our pilots as we realize our global future. “On behalf of WestJet Encore pilots, I am pleased that we have reached an agreement,” said Captain Ryan Leier, who represents WestJet Encore pilots. “We recognize that this is an unexplored sky, as we are looking at the effects of COVID-19, and this agreement will help our pilots and the airline deal with it together.” The arbitration award, which is binding on all parties, follows negotiated negotiations and formal arbitration hearings that have taken place since May 2018. The price sets the terms of the first collective agreement, which contains all outstanding conditions of employment for WestJet and Swoop pilots. With their first collective agreement in 2019, the chief pilots focused on establishing a collaborative relationship with management to effectively address all external challenges related to the company`s success, while working to achieve further improvements for the pilot group. Connect to WestJet on Facebook at facebook.com/westjetFollow WestJet on Twitter on twitter.com/westjet Follow WestJet on Instagram instagram.com/westjet/ Subscribe to WestJet on YouTube youtube.com/westjet Read the WestJet blog at blog.westjet.com In the final days of 2018, WestJet pilots got their first collective agreement from an arbitrator.

In May, the airline announced that the agreement would continue as part of a cash transaction. Under the agreement, Onex acquired all of WestJet`s remaining shares for 31 $US per share, after which WestJet would act as a private company. To complete the agreement, estimated at approximately $5 billion, including debts incurred, certain conditions had to be met, such as court permits, shareholders and regulatory approvals, including approval of the Canada Transportation Act. Administrative authorization was granted shortly before the end of the year, which coincided with a favourable vote on a new pilot delegation agreement for the recruitment and retention of qualified pilots. CALGARY – WestJet Airlines Ltd. and its 510 regional pilots have entered into an interim collective agreement.

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