At that time, WestJet`s MECs and WestJet Encore also met with the company to continue discussions on the one list, the unique list of senior pilot groups, and to reaffirm their commitment to the principle of professional promotion. “Our pilots will be a crucial part of our recovery, and maintaining these important roles makes us better able to bounce back and return WestJet to a global airline.” In honour of World Women`s Aviation Week, we celebrate this great @WestJet volunteers of the Encore pilot committee who are working so hard to improve their jobs. womenofaviationweek.org/ A productive first ESPP information meeting at YYC for our pilots. On April 15, the carrier announced that 1,700 WestJet, WestJet Encore and Swoop pilots would be laid off due to the COVID-19 crisis. Westjet and its union have agreed to save more than 1,000 pilot jobs threatened by the co-19 pandemic. Details of the change to the collective agreement have not been published, although 1,250 jobs are maintained, with only 500 redundancies. ALPA MEC Chair, who represented WestJet Encore, Captain Ryan Leier, said: “On behalf of WestJet Encore pilots, I am pleased that we have reached an agreement. We recognize that this is an unexplored sky, because we are looking at the effects of COVID-19, and this agreement will help our pilots and the airline deal with it together. Earlier in the day, WestJet announced that it had reached an agreement with the Airline Pilots Association (ALPA) to save more than 1,000 pilot jobs at WestJet, WestJet Encore and Swoop in the midst of the covid-19 crisis. The airline had previously confirmed that 1,700 WestJet, WestJet Encore and Swoop pilots had received redundancy notices that were effective either May 1 or June 1, 2020. READ MORE: Commercial pilots licensed in the middle of COVID-19 were able to secure new jobs in the Canadian Army on Thursday, WestJet announced it was able to reach an agreement with the International Pilot Association (ALPA). The agreement will save more than 1,000 pilot positions with the airline and subsidiaries WestJet Encore and Swoop. Prior to this announcement, the carrier had confirmed that 1,700 WestJet pilots and its subsidiaries had received notices of termination effective May 1 or June 1 of this year.
www.travelweek.ca/…/we-need-to-do-better-westjet-p…/ Until February, pilot negotiators held several meetings with management on various economic points of the contract – including hourly rate increases in wages, fair pay, travel and customs placements, changes to the overtime trigger, minimum daily funds, changes to vacation credits and periods of illness, in the hope of progress. Most of the time, those hopes were dashed because the company remained strong in its position.