06/22/2015 06:26 EDT | Updated 06/23/2016 05:59 EDT

WestJet Pilots File For Union Certification Vote With Federal Regulator

A WestJet Airlines Ltd. aircraft taxis at Toronto Pearson International Airport in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on Wednesday, July 3, 2013. Air Canada predicted further pressure on fares this year after its first-quarter yield dropped as competitors added seating and offered lower prices on some routes in North and South America. Photographer: Brent Lewin/Bloomberg via Getty Images

CALGARY - The WestJet Professional Pilot's Association says it has asked the Canadian Industrial Relations Board to conduct a union certification vote.

The association said in a post on its website that it filed the application for a vote among the company's more than 1,200 pilots on Monday.

If the application is approved, the industrial relations board is expected to oversee a secret ballot vote of all eligible WestJet pilots to determine support for creating a legally recognized union.

The association said in its post that one of the requirements for making the application for a certification vote is a demonstration of more than 40 per cent support for the WPPA in membership card count.

The WPPA says it exceeds that threshold.

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