As you know, over the past few weeks, the Canada Industrial Relations Board (CIRB) has been conducting its review of CUPE’s application to represent flight attendants at WestJet. Today we learned through the CIRB’s process that it is WestJet’s intention to use every means possible to thwart the wishes of the majority of their employees to be represented by CUPE.
We know many of you are keen to know the final results of the CIRB’s review – we are too! Here are a few points on the review to keep you up to speed.
The CIRB has spent the past few weeks going over the cards that CUPE submitted as part of its application. Some of you may have received calls from an Investigation Officer. Please call them back as this may help speed up the process. The CIRB is also gathering info from CUPE and WestJet, and hearing from both sides about the proposed bargaining unit for WestJetters.
All that information is then forwarded to a specially-appointed Vice-Chair at the CIRB headquarters in Ottawa, and they have the final say on CUPE’s application. Since the Vice-Chair doesn’t have an official deadline to complete their review, we do not know exactly when we will have a decision, but we certainly hope it is soon.
We’re as eager as you are to see this process wrapped up and to get to work bargaining a strong collective agreement.
As mentioned above, we have learned through the CIRB’s process that it is WestJet’s intention to use every means possible to thwart the wishes of the majority of their employees to be represented by CUPE. Far from respecting employee wishes about representation, WestJet has decided to delay and frustrate this process.
We want you to understand that any further delay is the result of WestJet’s refusal to accept your wishes. But we are not going to let this diminish our energy. We will continue organizing, signing cards, and building our strength towards a first collective agreement. Together, we will get our union!
Here are three things you can do while we await a final decision at the CIRB:
- Sign up a friend at Encore! We are on our way to filing an application to represent WestJet Encore Cabin Crew and with your help we can finish the job. (Just remember they will need to pay the legally-required $5 membership fee)
- Talk to your friends and colleagues about the improvements to their work life they will enjoy after they are unionized with CUPE – even if they never signed a card supporting unionization
- Keep signing cards with mainline WestJetters so we can continue to grow our network of supporters for a strong first collective agreement. (Mainline WestJetters no longer need to submit the $5 membership fee)