Description: It’s probably not the news you wanted to hear as you wind down the winter term at university and get ready to travel back home for the summer break: WestJet’s pilots’ union is set for a strike vote. Bernard Lewall, a union representative, is frustrated by the results of the last six months of negotiations, noting that “WestJet used to be a place where young pilots wanted to come and work. That’s not the case anymore.” It is not clear exactly when a strike could begin, but the plus for students is that it appears there may be no interruption of travel until around the long weekend in May.
Date: March 31, 2023
1) What are your end-of-term travel plans?
2) Have you ever had your travel plans affected by a strike?
3) On page 9-1 of Wiley’s Financial Accounting: Tools for Business Decision-Making we see a vignette that discusses WestJet’s launch of a discount carrier known as Swoop, something that is also mentioned in the accompanying article. What are the strengths and the weaknesses of starting up Swoop while also running a regular airline carrier like WestJet?