May 19th, 2024

WestJet, mechanics union agree to tentative deal to avoid strike


By The Canadian Press on May 5, 2024.

A WestJet passenger jet taxis while a WestJet turbo prop plane sits parked at a departure gate at the Calgary International Airport on Wednesday, May 31, 2023. A statement from the Calgary-based airline says a tentative deal between it and the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association has been agreed to. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

CALGARY – A potential strike between WestJet and its mechanics union appears to have been avoided.

A statement from the Calgary-based airline Sunday night says a tentative deal between it and the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association has been agreed to.

If the contract is ratified by both sides, it would mark the first approved collective bargaining agreement between WestJet and AMFA.

WestJet had issued a 72-hour lockout notice on Saturday to the union, saying it was response to AMFA announcing a strike vote.

The union, which represents around 670 aircraft maintenance engineers and skilled trade groups with the carrier, had cited wages, outsourcing, scheduling and layoff protection as standout issues during negotiations.

Terms of the deal had not been made public as of Sunday night.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 5, 2024.

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