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Description: A vote by WestJet pilots against being represented by a union raises questions about current labour relations models.

Source: The Globe and Mail

Date: 08/07/2015

Link: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/rob-commentary/union-drive-at-westjet-highlights-current-tensions-in-labour-policy/article25865172/

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Questions for discussion:

  • Consult your text: What steps must a group of employees go through to form a union?
  • Again, consult your text: Do airlines like WestJet fall under federal or provincial labour jurisdiction?
  • Based on what what you’ve read, why do you think the pilots voted against unionization?
  • What is the difference between an employee association and a union?
  • Dr. Doorey cites surveys that indicate many Canadians would like a form of workplace representation that is “‘less adversarial’┬áthan traditional collective bargaining.” Based on your work experience, is this something you would favour? Why?