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Positive Rate Weekly - 7/23/19

 

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ONE LEVEL OF SAFETY
During the 3rd quarter MEC meeting, your MEC considered and voted on several agenda items. The full list of resolutions passed was provided in the weekly summary published last week; the full language of each resolution can be found on our website
We’ve received some questions regarding Resolution 19-26: One Level of Safety, and wanted to provide some insight into the process behind that resolution. You may recall from the meeting summary that the MEC had several guests in attendance to discuss the “cargo carveout” of FAR Part 117. Those guests included ALPA President Captain Joe DePete, IPA President Captain Bob Travis, IPA Vice President Captain Steve Whyte, and Teamsters Local 1224 President Captain Dan Wells. The MEC participated in a roundtable discussion with these gentlemen which focused on FAR 117 and the fact that cargo pilots were unfairly denied that historic protection. The MEC also received input from pilot-members of the original Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) from FDX, UPS and Teamsters. Retired Air Force Colonel (Dr.) Pete Demitry, a sleep scientist and former Assistant Air Force (AF) Surgeon General, also provided valuable insight. As you may recall, FAR Part 117 was the first major revision to pilot rest and duty limits in more than 60 years. The regulations are based on scientific knowledge of the effects of fatigue, sleep, and circadian rhythms on the human body. Cargo pilots were included when the regulations were originally proposed by the FAA, but later excluded in the final regulation. To continue reading, please click here
AVIATION SAFETY CULTURE SURVEY
We recently published a message regarding the Aviation Safety Culture Survey (SCS) taking place this month. This year's SCS is your opportunity to give your frank assessment of safety in our operation. You will be able to express your viewpoints on ANY subject you believe impacts the safety of our operations. If you haven't had a chance to read the message from your MEC and Safety Committee regarding this survey, we encourage you to take a few moments and read it now
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ALPA's 65th Air Safety Forum took place last week in Washington, D.C., with three days of private Air Safety Organization (ASO) committee, council and group meetings followed by a full-day public session with speeches, in-depth discussions, and the annual awards banquet. Bringing together pilot subject-matter experts, industry personnel, and government officials, the Air Safety Forum provides an essential step toward the successes of tomorrow—with casual conversations often sparking the first light of a solution. 
Several FedEx pilots participated in and served as subject matter experts on various topics including, but not limited to, safety, security, jumpseat and dangerous goods.  
In addition, an awards banquet is held during this event where ALPA gives recognition to pilot contributions to the pillars of the ASO over the past year. Presidential Citations were awarded to FedEx Captains Scott Schwartz and Gary Janelli (ret.). 
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Pictured: ALPA President Capt. Joe DePete and Capt. Scott Schwartz
Gary retired in 2017, but spent 20 years on the MEC's safety committee, serving as the chairman and vice chairman for much of his tenure. Gary also led our Accident Investigation Committee and served as an ALPA representative to several NTSB accident investigations. Gary dedicated much of his career to enhancing aviation safety, promoting a safer environment for our pilots. He was an asset to our pilots and strong advocate for aviation safety. 
Scott is chairman of our Dangerous Goods committee at the MEC level, but also serves as the director of ALPA's Dangerous Goods Program and chair of the International Federation of Air Line Pilots Association's (IFALPA) Dangerous Goods Committee. Scott works tirelessly to advance aviation safety and we are grateful for his many contributions to our pilots and the industry. FedEx pilots, and pilots around the globe, have undoubtedly benefited from Scott's contributions to our profession. 
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Pictured: ALPA President Capt. Joe DePete and Capt. Gary Janelli (Ret.)
Please join us in congratulating both Scott and Gary on their well-deserved ALPA Presidential Citations. 
SECURITY IN HONG KONG
Message from the Security Committee:
Hong Kong protests, demonstrations and civil disobedience continue. Factional violence, although limited, has been encountered. Your Security Committee and MEC leadership are engaged with FedEx Flight Operations and Corporate Security. Remember to remain vigilant, follow local media coverage, avoid large gatherings and protests, and follow official directives from local police. FedEx Corporate Security is closely monitoring activities near our layover hotel. If you have questions or concerns regarding your personal security while in Hong Kong, please contact FedEx Corporate APAC Security Hotline (24-hour emergency number) at +65.6922.2505 and the Duty Officer at 901.397.8214.
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R&I Committee: NEW PHARMACY MANAGER
New Pharmacy Benefit Manager: What do you need to know
On July 1, 2019 Express Scripts, Inc. became the new pharmacy benefit manager for the Buy Up and CDHP Purple and Orange medical options. You will receive communication from both the Company and Express Scripts. You can also access information and communications regarding the transition on your Company issued iPad under the Secure Content Locker and on FedEx Benefits Online at fedex.ehr.com. To read more detailed information from the R&I Committee, please click here
SUPPORT THE PAC AND WIN ONE OF FOUR PRIZES
Yes, you read that correctly—any FDX pilot that begins contributing to the PAC or increases their donation will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win one of four prizes. 
The Airline Deregulation Act passed both Houses of Congress in 1978 with bipartisan support and phased out the Civil Aeronautics Board and immediately lifted many restrictions on airlines. In spite of this, our industry remains one of the most highly regulated industries in the world and we as FDX pilots must have a seat at the table to ensure our voices are heard by the decision makers in Washington, DC. ALPA PAC allows us to have direct access to Members of Congress, in a one on one setting, to help educate them on the unique needs we have as cargo pilots. Please click the link for a 3-minute video explaining the importance of our participation in the PAC.
Now, you're wondering, what can I win? The Grand Prize winner will receive a Bose Proflight Aviation Headset and three runners-up will receive a Bose Quiet Comfort 20 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones - Apple or Android. The contest started on June 01 and will run through November 15.
Please click here to read more about this special promotion and for full details.   
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CONTRACT ANSWER TEAM (CAT) SEEKING VOLUNTEERS
Do you have your phone in your hand at all times and constantly check your emails? If so, the CAT needs you!
The Contact Answer Team is a group of volunteers that will be standing by to answer our pilots' contract-related questions 24/7. We have approximately 60 fully trained members now ... but we need more to launch and be successful!
  • You do not have to be a contract expert.
  • You simply need to be contract savvy.
  • Training is a video conference call followed by 5 practice questions.
  • Please consider volunteering for this worthy service for our pilots.
Please contact me with any questions.
Anita Shew 
Anita.Shew@alpa.org 
704-490-0471
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ANC SCHWAB INDIVIDUAL COUNSELING SESSIONS
We have several dates available in July for individual retirement and financial counseling sessions with Schwab in Anchorage. Please click here for specific dates and times and to reserve your session. 
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COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN OpeningS
 We are currently seeking to fill the Training Committee and Community Outreach chairman positions. Any pilot interested in filling these positions should contact MEC Secretary Treasurer First Officer Don Loepke at Donald.Loepke@alpa.org.
UNION DUES AFTER PROBATION ENDS
We often get asked by our new hire pilots why there is a balance of dues owed when ALPA completes their dues reconciliation each year. As a reminder, if your probation end date is after the 15th of the month, your dues will start being deducted the following month. ALPA will attempt to reach out to each individual pilot regarding the amount owed or it will come out in dues reconciliation. 
FIRST OFFICER RAY FARLEY
First Officer Ray Farley passed away on July 10, 2019, in Tulsa, Oklahoma after a battle with cancer. Ray was hired by FedEx in 2001 and was a second officer and first officer on both the 727 and DC10. He was most recently a first officer on the 777.
The family held a graveside service on July 16, 2019, at Memorial Park Cemetery in Tulsa, Oklahoma. We ask you to keep his family and friends in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. 
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