WestJet issues 72-hour lockout notification to union

By Reuters   May 4, 2024 | 08:19 pm PT
WestJet issues 72-hour lockout notification to union
WestJet airline signage is pictured at Vancouver's international airport in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada, Feb. 5, 2019. Photo by Reuters
Onex Corp's WestJet on Saturday said that it issued a 72-hour lockout notification to the union representing its maintenance engineers, the ‍Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association.

The company said that a work stoppage could occur as early as Tuesday unless a deal is reached with AMFA.
"Both parties are still in talks hoping to reach an agreement prior to the lockout," Bret Oestreich, president of the union said in a statement.

Canada's Labor Minister Seamus O'Regan said the government received WestJet's lockout notice. In a post on social media platform X, O'Regan said, "Federal mediators are supporting the parties to reach a deal at the bargaining table."

The 72-hour lockout notice does not mean travel disruption will occur, WestJet said in a statement, adding that in the coming days it will take necessary action to manage impacts.

WestJet said it will prepare to operate a reduced schedule, manage changes and cancelations and provide flexible change and cancel options to customers.

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