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AMFA-WJ Negotiations Update #30: Tentative Agreement 2 Has Been Ratified
Jul 17, 2024

July 12, 2024

Our members have ratified the second AMFA-WestJet tentative agreement (TA2) with 96.28% membership approval. 

Your two-day strike had the effect of resurrecting a dying craft. We have placed Canada on a path of enhanced aviation safety by providing a new standard for Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME) compensation. The major improvements secured in our  collective agreement will begin to attract a new generation of talent to aircraft maintenance.

It has never been disputed that Canada’s AMEs are grossly underpaid, particularly in view of their skill level and the heavy responsibility they bear.

* During negotiations, WestJet conceded it could not fill dozens of open positions

* WestJet reliance on unprecedented levels of overtime resulted in constant AME complaints of fatigue levels potentially compromising safety

* Recent WestJet hires have included individuals with little or no experience maintaining Boeing aircraft, further evidence of the chronic AME shortage

Although, in the short term, the acute AME shortage will persist, our contract restores the hope that, in coming years, we will be able to attract the best and brightest to our safety-critical profession. Compensation rates are already being matched at other companies desperate to stem the outflow of skilled workers essential to running an airline. You have restored hope for all AMEs that we will finally be recognized for the work we perform to ensure aviation safety.

Not only was this a great moment for AMEs but also a triumphant victory for all working men and women in Canada. Notwithstanding the immense political pressure to which it was subject, the Board resolutely adhered to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms by upholding our fundamental right to collectively withhold our labour.

The CIRB did the right thing for the AMEs, the safety of the airline industry, and the nation.

Now, shoulder to the wheel!  Let’s make WestJet number one.


AMFA-WestJet Negotiating Committee

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