(October 4, 2016) WestJet pilots are taking another shot at unionizing. This time with the help of the Airline Pilots Association. And without a law passed during the dying days of the Harper governmnent.
Last year pilot organizers tried to form an independent union. They got more than half of the 1,300 WestJet pilots to sign membership cards.
For many years signing up 50% + 1 meant automatic union certification. But last year the pilots were stymied by the Harper government’s addition of a new final step – a secret ballot majority vote of approval. The process opened the door for an intense barrage of anti-union pressure from the top guns at WestJet. On August 15, 2015 the CBC reported 561 pilots voted Yes, while 684 voted No.
The Trudeau government has a Bill in the House of Commons to go back to the way it was.