WestJet Group & AMFA reach tentative bargaining agreement

The WestJet Group and the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association (AMFA) —the certified union representing WestJet aircraft maintenance engineers– have 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.

“The WestJet Group is pleased to have reached a tentative agreement that is industry-leading within Canada and recognizes the important contributions of our valued aircraft maintenance engineers, making them the highest paid in Canada, while delivering industry leading work-life balance standards and strong commitments to job security,” said Diederik Pen, president of WestJet Airlines and group chief operating officer.

“We are grateful to have arrived at a deal, averting a work stoppage and any impact to our guests’ valued travel plans,” Pen continued. “We sincerely appreciate our guests’ patience during this time and are pleased to move forward with an unwavering focus to providing friendly, reliable and affordable air service to Canadians for years to come, as one unified team.”

“After nine months of tough negotiating, we are proud to have reached a tentative agreement that will now be presented, through the ratification process, to the hard working aircraft maintenance engineers and other technical operations employees who go above and beyond to maintain a best-in-class culture of safety for the WestJet Group,” added Will Abbott, AMFA national region II director, chairman.

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