WestJet Encore pilots file 72-hour strike notice

WestJet Encore pilots file 72-hour strike notice
A WestJet Encore Bombardier Q400 twin-engined turboprop aircraft is prepared for a flight in Kamloops, Saturday, June 3, 2023.

Pilots at WestJet’s regional carrier could be going on strike as soon as Saturday.

The Air Line Pilots Association says WestJet Encore pilots have issued a 72-hour strike notice to management and the government.

The union says some progress has been made after two weeks of bargaining following the pilots’ rejection of a tentative agreement earlier this month, but the sides remain divided on key issues.

Carin Kenny, who heads the union’s WestJet Encore contingent, has said its workers are among the lowest-paid regional pilots in Canada.

WestJet says in a statement that the tentative agreement rejected earlier this month would have made the pilots some of the highest-paid among their peers.

Meanwhile, the airline has issued an advance lockout notice to the union and says a work stoppage could occur as early as 6 p.m. mountain time on Saturday if no deal is reached.

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This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 29, 2024.

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