WestJet pilots file for union certification

The WestJet Professional Pilots Association has filed for certification with the Canadian Industrial Relations Board, taking another step toward creating a legally recognized union.

According to a statement from the organization, the application was filed for a vote amongst the carrier’s 1,200 pilots. If approved, the CIRB will oversee a secret ballot of all eligible pilots to determine support for creating a union.

In a statement on its website regarding the application, the association said it has the required support of more than 40 per cent of its membership.