WestJet Reaches Labour Pact With Union

WestJet Airlines has reached a tentative labour agreement with Unifor Local 531, averting a potential strike at the privately held carrier.

In a news release, WestJet said that it reached a deal with the union that represents hundreds of workers at both the Vancouver, British Columbia and Calgary, Alberta airports.

The agreement was reached just days before nearly 800 baggage and customer service staff were to walk off the job.

Unifor had said that 98% of its members voted in favour of a strike if a new labour agreement could not be reached at the negotiating table.

Neither side provided details of the tentative agreement, which is still subject to a vote by union members and ratification. However, the deal will represent the first collective agreement between the airline and union.

Unifor previously said that wages were a key issue for its members, with current salaries starting at $15.55 an hour and maxing out at $23.87 per hour.