Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Union That Represents WestJet Pilots Calls for Strike Vote to Press for Contract

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Union That Represents WestJet Pilots Calls for Strike Vote to Press for Contract

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WestJet pilots start strike vote to press contract demand

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CALGARY - The union that represents pilots at WestJet has called for a strike vote to press its demand for its first contract.

The Air Line Pilots Association says pilots began voting Wednesday and the balloting will continue for 15 days.

The Calgary-based airline and its pilots have been in contract negotiations since September.

A 60-day conciliation process ends April 27.

The pilots could then launch a strike after a 21-day cooling off period.

Capt. Rob McFadyen, chairman of the association's master executive council, says the two sides remain far apart on working conditions, compensation and job security.

McFadyen said the union's bargaining proposals are reasonable and consistent with the contracts that other pilots within North America enjoy. …

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