WestJet employees in Calgary and Vancouver vote back if deal cannot be reached

The union that represents more than 700 WestJet workers at airports in Calgary and Vancouver says they have voted to strike if they can’t reach a new contract with the airline.

Unifor Local 531 represents baggage service representatives, customer service agents and guest service leads, including in Calgary and Vancouver.

The union says wages are an important topic in contract negotiations.

It says workers voted 98 percent in favor of a strike on July 27 if no deal can be reached.

Before taking any strike action, Unifor must operate WestJet Airlines with 72 hours’ notice.

The strike vote comes as airlines and airports struggled this summer with the revival of travel following the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions.

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