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WestJet's Aircraft Mechanics Union Rescinds Strike Notice

DALLAS — WestJet (WS) announces the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association (AMFA) has rescinded its strike notice, with both "parties jointly agreeing to return to the bargaining table to continue work towards finding a resolution."

The airlines confirmed it had appeared before the Canadian Industrial Relations Board (CIRB) this morning to discuss the airline's request for arbitration and determine its next steps in the negotiations with its Aircraft Maintenance Engineers and Tech Ops employees.

Additionally, the CIRB has advised it will require additional time and submissions from both parties before making a decision on whether or not collective bargaining for the carrier's first agreement "should be resolved by way of arbitration."

"We recognize the impact the initial cancellations had on our guests and our people, and we sincerely appreciate their patience and understanding during this time," said Diederik Pen, President of WestJet Airlines and Group Chief Operating Officer.

"In returning to the bargaining table, we are committed to finding a resolution to avoid further disruption to our operations."

WestJet says it is now working to resume normal operations, and advices guests to check the status of their flights before departing for the airport.

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