WestJet and Unifor reach tentative agreement

WestJet and Unifor, the certified union representing certain WestJet airport employees at YYC Calgary International Airport and Vancouver International Airport, on July 24 reached a tentative agreement on the first collective bargaining agreement between the organizations. Both parties now await the ratification vote to be put forward to membership.

“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.”

In other news,  WestJet workers in Calgary and Vancouver have reached a tentative first collective agreement, avoiding any service interruptions in advance of Tuesday’s strike deadline.

Unifor Local 531 represents nearly 800 baggage service agents, customer service agents and guest service leads in Calgary and Vancouver airports after being certified in May of 2021.

Bargaining began in October 2021, and Unifor Local 531 filed for conciliation with the Canadian government on April 26, 2022.