WestJet AME's (Mechanics) Calls for AMFA Representation

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Another Canada airline follows L3 in calling for AMFA's Class and Craft Representation. Just shortly after announcing the expansion of WestJet's fleet of new Max-10's and following L3's quick Representational election to bring AMFA in, WestJet's AME's also want to bring in AMFA Representation.
Here we go again kicking off the new year with more and more AMFA growth and expansions in 2023. This brings a total of 4 airlines now seeking AMFA Representation after the 4 that just came in, in 2022. Now add WestJet to the current AA, JetBlue and UAL list of carriers Mechanics wanting the AMFA Class and Craft Representation.
Good luck to all involved and keep us posted on the progress.
Great start to a new year indeed:


PRESS RELEASE: MORE AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE ENGINEERS IN CANADA SEEK REPRESENTATION BY AMFA
Nov 21, 2022​
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact:
Phone:
Email:
Bret Oestreich, National President
(720) 744-6628
bret.oestreich@amfanatl.org
MORE AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE ENGINEERS IN CANADA SEEK REPRESENTATION BY AMFA
CENTENNIAL, Colo.
– November 21, 2022 – The Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association (AMFA) continues to expand its footprint in Canada as Aircraft Maintenance Engineers (AMEs) of WestJet are seeking union representation. Earlier this year, AMFA was first certified in Canada as the bargaining agent for L3 Harris MAS, and has now been requested to organize and represent the AMEs of WestJet, who are currently not unionized.
“We look forward to filing an application with the Canada Industrial Relations Board (CIRB) on behalf of the 640 WestJet AMEs in Canada,” said Bret Oestreich, AMFA National President. “We feel this is a unique privilege and opportunity in representing AMEs at WestJet as this is the last major workgroup at WestJet Airlines to unionize.
WestJet Group -- consisting of WestJet, WestJet Encore, WestJet Cargo, and Swoop Airlines -- headquartered at Calgary International Airport, Calgary Alberta, is the second largest Canadian Airline behind Air Canada. Operating a mixed Boeing and Bombardier fleet with nearly 800 flights and 66,000 guests per day, WestJet aircraft are maintained by over 600 AMEs with main bases in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, and Halifax, with various other line stations from coast to coast. WestJet began operations as a low-cost airline in 1996 and has grown extensively to provide scheduled and charter air service to more than 100 destinations in Canada, the United States, Europe, Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean.
“WestJet AMEs feel their trade deserves distinction and respect. They seek focused bargaining and consistent application of fair work rules in efforts to address and restore the deteriorated culture of their workplace” said Oestreich. “The carrier needs to recognize the relevance of these highly skilled professionals to the success of their operation, as well as to securing public trust. In the interest of public safety, AMFA strives for the highest standards in aircraft maintenance across North America.”