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WestJet and Unifor come to a tentative agreement

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The first collective bargaining agreement between WestJet and Unifor, the registered union that represents certain WestJet airport employees at YYC Calgary International Airport and Vancouver International Airport, was tentatively struck on July 24.

Now that the ratification vote has been proposed to membership, all parties await its outcome.

“WestJet is pleased to have reached a tentative agreement that recognizes the important contributions of its valued airport employees, in balance with the long-term success of our airline,” said Angela Avery, WestJet Executive Vice-President and Chief People, Corporate and Sustainability Officer. “Achieving this settlement reflects WestJet’s commitment to its employees and to fulfilling the important and long-awaited travel plans of our guests, at this critical recovery time for the Canadian travel and tourism sector.”

A tentative first collective agreement has been agreed upon between WestJet employees in Calgary and Vancouver, preventing any service disruptions before Tuesday’s strike deadline.

After becoming certified in May 2021, Unifor Local 531 will represent almost 800 baggage handlers, customer service representatives, and guest service leads in the airports of Calgary and Vancouver.

Unifor Local 531 filed for conciliation with the Canadian government on April 26, 2022, after negotiations had started in October 2021.

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