WestJet pilots vote 62 in favour of forming first union at Canadas

CALGARY — The Air Line Pilots Association, International says more than 1,400 WestJet pilots have voted 62 per cent in favour of forming the first union at Canada’s second-largest airline.The ALPA says that once the results are certified by the Canada Industrial Relations Board, it will be the exclusive bargaining agent for WestJet pilots.WestJet chief executive Gregg Saretsky said in a statement that the airline (TSX:WJA) is disappointed with the outcome of the vote, but will now focus on engaging in constructive dialogue with the ALPA.The airline has long opposed unionization and has seen several union votes fail over the years, including a pilot vote in 2015.Rob McFadyen, a member of the WestJet ALPA Organizing Committee, stated that the vote was about ensuring support in issues like health, retirement, fatigue, safety, family support and legal protection.Pilots at WestJet have so far been represented by the internal company WestJet Pilots’ Association.More to come…The Canadian Press read more

RZ Mask offers mineworker dust solution

first_imgMade from neoprene material and equipped with an N99 Active Carbon filter, the new RZ Mask filters out 99.9% of dust and allergens while absorbing mine fumes and odours. The mask covers the nose and mouth to ensure that clean air is inhaled during work in active mines. The RZ Mask has already proven effective in construction and industrial work, and is effective against allergies by allowing the user to breathe completely clean air. The product comes in over 20 designs and colours. The product has been sold to a number of mines in Northern Minnesota and on the North American East Coast. The mask was originally designed for ATV riding and motocross sports, however, since the first product launch in 2011, it has seen application in mining, quarrying. agriculture, construction and a range of over 40 other uses. In mining and processing, it could see use in dry dusty conditions, in areas where ore crushing and ROM ore transport is carried out, and in downstream processing and smelting.last_img read more