WestJet pilots join union

After several failed attempts, pilots at WestJet Airlines have voted to unionize with ALPA (Air Line Pilots Association). 61% of counted ballots were in favour, with 851 pilots voting yes, while 531 voted no. WestJet employs about 1,400 pilots.

Shortly after results were announced today, WestJet said in a press release:

“We are disappointed with the outcome of the vote but we are dedicated to moving forward as a team. We will now focus on engaging in constructive dialogue with ALPA and concentrate on the continued success of the organization for guests, employees and shareholders.”

ALPA represents pilots at most major North American airlines.

WestJet’s flight attendants and customer service staff have also rejected previous organization drives and may be tempted to try again in light of the pilots’ success. (Sources: CBC News, 2017-05-12, “WestJet pilots vote in favour of forming a union“; ALPA)