Bombardier aircraft assembly workers back on the job after 18-day strike ends

Unifor said on Wednesday that its members at Bombardier ratified a new three-year collective agreement, ending an 18-day strike at the business jet maker’s manufacturing facilities in Mississauga and Waterloo. The new contract provides general wage increases of 12.5 per cent over the life of the deal along with higher pension contributions and better job … Read more

Bombardier aircraft assembly workers still on strike after union rejects latest offer

A strike action taken by 1,359 Bombardier aircraft assembly workers is continuing after the Unifor union members voted to reject a tentative agreement Tuesday. The strike began at midnight on June 23 after Bombardier and Unifor Local 112 and 673 union members failed to reach an agreement during the bargaining process. In a statement to CBC News, … Read more

WestJet strike will continue until there’s a deal, union says, as flight cancellation tally grows

A strike by WestJet Airlines’ mechanics that has led to hundreds of cancelled flights over the Canada Day long weekend will continue until a deal is reached, the union’s president told Reuters on Sunday. Bret Oestreich, president of the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association (AMFA), said the two sides will reconvene with a mediator on Sunday. The … Read more

WestJet strike averted after federal labour minister imposes binding arbitration

A strike by WestJet mechanics has been averted after federal Labour Minister Seamus O’Regan directed the Canada Industrial Relations Board (CIRB) to impose final binding arbitration to resolve the outstanding issues of the collective agreement between the airline and the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association (AMFA). In a statement Thursday, O’Regan said he is “using his authorities under the Canada Labour Code” to … Read more

WestJet ‘outraged’ as mechanics strike 1 day after federal labour minister imposes binding arbitration

WestJet mechanics have gone on strike one day after Labour Minister Seamus O’Regan directed the Canada Industrial Relations Board (CIRB) to impose final binding arbitration to resolve the outstanding issues of the collective agreement between the airline and the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association (AMFA). In a statement Friday, AMFA said WestJet mechanics went ahead with strike action … Read more

WestJet mechanics issue strike notice for possible job action Friday

WestJet says it faces a possible strike by its mechanics starting as early as Friday. The airline says the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association has issued a strike notice that could mean a work stoppage as early as 5:30 p.m. MT on Friday. The notice comes after the union called off its strike plans last week and … Read more

Proposed legislation would ensure flight attendants are paid for pre- and post-flight duties

Conservative MP Lianne Rood has put forward a private member’s bill that would ensure flight attendants are paid for their pre- and post-flight duties. Flight attendants have been advocating for changes to the labour code because they don’t start getting paid until their plane is in motion — and their compensation ends when the plane … Read more

Nigerian govt appoints US broker to sell ageing presidential jets

The Nigerian government has appointed a US-based broker to sell three ageing aircraft in the presidential fleet amidst plans to purchase new ones. A Nigerian paper, The Cable, reported that US-based airline marketer, JetHQ, has been appointed as the broker to sell a Boeing 737 Boeing Business Jet (BBJ), which is the president’s designated aircraft, … Read more

WestJet mechanics’ strike averted, airline and union say

The union representing WestJet mechanics has rescinded a strike notice and will resume talks with the airline. Some 670 WestJet plane mechanics, represented by the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association (AMFA), were set to walk off the job as early as Thursday evening after serving the airline with a strike notice earlier this week following months of negotiations. But … Read more

WestJet cancels some 40 flights in anticipation of strike by mechanics

The WestJet Group has cancelled about 40 flights in anticipation of a possible strike by its aircraft maintenance workers on Thursday. The airline says about 6,500 travellers have been affected by the decision covering flights on Tuesday and Wednesday. WestJet says it started cancelling and consolidating its flights in order to park aircraft in a … Read more