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WestJet strike averted again, dispute headed to binding arbitration

A possible strike involving one of the country’s largest airlines has been averted.

The federal government has directed WestJet and the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association into binding arbitration to resolve their dispute.

The Calgary-based airline and the union had been at odds over a new collective bargaining deal, with the tone of statements in recent days becoming increasingly aggressive.

Union members voted overwhelmingly to reject a tentative deal earlier this month and opposed WestJet’s request for intervention by the country’s labour tribunal. 

(The Canadian Press)

A WestJet aircraft
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