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CHAIRMAN'S MESSAGE
Recent Survey Takeaways
We recently conducted a telephone poll during the month of September. The purpose of this survey was to assist in early preparations for contract 2021 negotiations by broadly addressing contract goals, expectations, bargaining power, pilot unity, contract enforcement, treatment by management, and union-related views. 
During the 4th quarter MEC meeting held earlier this month, we received a briefing of the survey results from our survey expert Phil Comstock. While this briefing was held in executive session, and we don’t publish our survey results, it is important to share some of the key takeaways we learned from the survey. 
First and foremost, our pilots are unified on key issues. We’ve communicated the importance of unity throughout our union’s history, but this concept is even more critical as we move into preparation for contract negotiations. With 33 percent of our pilots being fairly new to our property and having never been through Section 6 negotiations as a FedEx pilot, we will continue to strive to ensure our unity is unwavering. Whether you’ve been here for a Section 6 negotiation or not, we encourage you to read the FedEx Pilot History posted on our website. Familiarizing yourself with our history is critical to understanding our past successes, failures, and being able to recognize the opportunities that will surely present themselves again as we progress through negotiations. 
The survey results indicated that our pilots desire a focused negotiation on high priority issues. Our pilots agree that retirement improvement is a key issue and primary goal in contract 2021. Additionally, our pilots see nothing advantageous to introducing a Preferential Bidding System (PBS) as a solution to scheduling issues. Based on the survey, our pilots hope that this focused approach allows us to reach a tentative agreement with management in a shorter amount of time than previous contract negotiations. 
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MEC CHAIRMAN
Capt. Pete Harmon
Pete.Harmon@alpa.org
As we move closer to Section 6 openers, we will continue to survey, drilling down further into specific issues. In addition to communicating with your block representatives directly, we ask that you provide your feedback if randomly selected to participate in a survey via telephone. We will also have online web-based surveys where all pilots will have the opportunity to participate. 
We encourage you to remain engaged—participate in hub turn meetings, family awareness events and local council meetings; read the messages published by your MEC, block representatives and committees; ask questions and seek answers from reliable sources within the union. Your MEC officers, block representatives, committee volunteers, and MEC staff are available to answer questions and provide you with credible information. As always, please submit a PDR with any issues or concerns you may have. 
LATEST HKG OVERSEAS SECURITY ADVISORY COUNCIL UPDATE 
Escalating protests have rocked Hong Kong for over 20 weeks, leaving many in the private sector
wondering where the building tensions will lead. This report examines the current climate, organizational security risks, and less likely scenarios that could have a potentially high impact on Hong Kong operations. Click here to read the full report.
ASSISTANCE FOR FELLOW PILOT
We published a message a couple of weeks ago regarding fellow pilot First Officer Todd Hohn. We are reprinting the information below in case it was overlooked. 
As you may be aware, one of our pilots, Todd Hohn, was detained in Guangzhou, China on 12 Sep while waiting to board a flight from CAN to HKG. He has been detained in China, unable to leave, while the Chinese authorities conduct an investigation concerning the alleged possession of air-gun pellets. While the future is uncertain, he and his family remain hopeful and are cooperating as best as they can. He has engaged a legal team and has moved to a residential boarding house to save money, but these expenses were never anticipated and are mounting rapidly beyond his ability to pay them. Please consider sending a note or card of support and please further consider donating  to Todd and his family at this link in order to help support them during this extremely difficult time. Please keep Todd and his family in your thoughts and prayers.
This link should be shared ONLY via word of mouth or email only. PLEASE do not post this link or any commentary on social media regarding Todd, his family or his case.
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PASSING OF AIRBUS FIRST OFFICER TIM VENCEL 
It is with great sadness that we tell of the recent passing of First Officer Tim Vencel on Thursday, October 3, 2019. There will be two memorial services. 
The first Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 am Saturday November 16, 2019 at North Heights Lutheran Church chapel in Roseville, MN. Visitation will be an hour before the service and a lunch to follow.
The second Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 am Monday November 18, 2019 at St. Philips Catholic Church chapel. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Interment will be at the Holy Cross Cemetery in Bemidji, MN under the direction of the Cease Family Funeral Home in Bemidji. 
We ask you to keep Tim's family and friends in your thoughts and prayers. 
To read Tim's obituary, please click here
FROM MILITARY AFFAIRS: PEAK 
Welcome to Peak 2019/2020! As we enter the busiest time of the year for FedEx Express, ALPA would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to our members continuing to serve this great Nation in the U.S. military. With America’s continuing involvement in operations around the world, we know your contributions to our defense doesn't cease during Peak. 
Your union representatives are aware of the challenges service men and women face as they continue to balance military duties, family responsibilities and FedEx obligations. Your Military Affairs Committee would like to ask our pilots who continue to defend our freedoms to consider moving, deferring or delaying military service during Peak, if possible. We understand you have training and operational requirements that do not dissipate during Peak. The increasingly competitive transportation and logistics environment that FedEx Express operates in depends on all of us to deliver outstanding service to our present and future customers. To continue reading, please click here
P2P COMMITTEE SEEKING VOLUNTEERS
The P2P Committee is looking for new volunteers! We are looking for engaged members to act as a resource to the pilot group. We aim to improve communications between the MEC and the pilot group. The commitment is about 1 hour a month to participate in a conference call with a variety of guests in order to learn more about the Association’s current and future path. Training dates are being scheduled soon. Sign up today!
Anthony Zerafa
FedEx P2P Chair
Anthony.Zerafa@alpa.org
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PILOTS RETIRING ON DECEMBER 31, 2020 - VACATION PAYOUT NOTICE 
As part of the Vacation Buyback Settlement, the Company must provide ALPA at least 14 month advance notice of the date the Company intends to pay unused and accrued vacation (pursuant to Section 7.A.7) for pilots who intend to retire on the December 31st of the following year and give proper notice (provided by Section 28.F.1). 
The Company has notified ALPA that for pilots retiring on December 31, 2020, their earned and accrued vacation will be paid by December 31, 2020.
If you have any questions, contact your Benefits Specialists, Brandy Hough or Ann Giannini, at (901)752-8749.
WE TAKE CARE OF EACH OTHER 
We have several pilots dealing with difficult issues regarding either their own health or an immediate family member's health. We know our pilots are more than willing to help a fellow pilot in need which is why we are requesting your assistance in offering a PDO bump for the following pilots. 
First Officer Rian Cook (employee number 633871) is in need of PDO bumps to allow him to care for his wife who has Stage 4 cancer. She is in need of care 24/7 as she can no longer talk, walk or care for herself in any fashion. When Rian flies a trip, he must hire home health care to watch over her. The emotional, financial, and physical stress is tremendous. We would like those of you qualified to operate in the right seat of the 757 to consider offering your time through PDO bumps to allow Rian to be at home to care for his wife and 16-year old daughter. 
Airbus Captain Mike Walsh (employee number 340576) is also in need of a PDO bump as he cares for his wife Page who is in the final stages of cancer. If you are qualified to operate in the left seat of the airbus, please consider offering a PDO bump for Mike. 
As you can imagine, these types of situations are stressful. We know our pilots are always willing to step up to assist a fellow pilot during some of the most difficult times and we know this time will be no different. Please keep Brian, Pat and Mike, along with their family and friends in your thoughts and prayers.
Any assistance you can provide one of these pilots is greatly appreciated. 
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FROM CONTRACT ENFORCEMENT: SLEEP ROOM VERSUS HOTEL ROOM
It has come to Contract Enforcement’s attention that Section 5.B.1.h. has been misapplied on a few occasions. In one instance, the Company substituted a sleep room for a hotel room for pilots on an international trip with a scheduled 4:12 intermediate stop in CDG. The Captain called the Duty Officer (DO) before leaving CGN for CDG and requested to be assigned a hotel room in CDG. The DO agreed that the crew should have a hotel room, but upon arrival in CDG, there was no hotel room assigned. The Captain called the DO again and the DO insisted the Company could use Section 5.B.1.h. The pilots did exactly what they should have -  Fly Now, Grieve Later and contacted Contract Enforcement. This is a domestic parameter and should never be applied to an international trip.  
In another instance, the Company substituted a sleep room for a hotel room for pilots on a domestic trip with a scheduled 4:58 intermediate stop in LGG that occurred in the day period. The Captain submitted an Insite ticket but also notified Contract Enforcement. The pilots used the sleep room in one instance, but with the assistance of Contract Enforcement were assigned a hotel room in another instance. The sleep room can only be substituted if the stop occurs during the night or critical period.
Please take note of Section 5.B.1. 
Know your rights under the Agreement and if you have any concerns, please contact Contract Enforcement by submitting a PDR and selecting ALPA Contract Enforcement from the dropdown menu.
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FROM THE R&I COMMITTEE 
EXTENDED DEADLINE FOR 2019 ANTHEM HEALTH REWARDS
2019 Anthem Health Rewards Program Deadline Extended to October 31st 
If you are enrolled in a CDHP medical plan option, you now have until October 31st to complete all the wellness requirements to receive your Wellness Reward for 2019. 
There have been and continue to be issues with the new wellness vendor. ALPA has continued to work with pilots and the Company to resolve these issues. Due to these issues, ALPA and the Company have agreed to extend the deadline to complete the wellness requirements. 
The Company reported that only 8% of eligible pilots and eligible spouses have received their wellness reward. We recommend verifying that you and your eligible spouse, if applicable, have received the Wellness Reward. You can do this by logging into your HealthEquity account ( www.myhealthequity.com). You should see a credit of $300 for yourself and $300 for your eligible spouse, if applicable. Click here to read more. 
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COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN OpeningS
We are currently seeking to fill the Community Outreach chairman position. Any pilot interested in filling this position 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. 
CAPTAIN MICHAEL ARCAMUZI RAISING AWARENESS AND FUNDS TO BENEFIT THE AMERICAN DIABETES ASSOCIATION
Many of our fellow pilots generously give to various non-profit and charitable organizations throughout the year. Many of those same pilots participate in fundraising events for organizations by challenging themselves to do something physically demanding in hopes of having others sponsor their effort through monetary donations. 
Captain Michael Arcamuzi will soon participate in the Tour de Cure bike ride to benefit the American Diabetes Association (ADA) in Jacksonville. The 77-mile ride will take place on November 16, 2019, and is a celebration of the ADA's mission and a chance to raise critical funds to help fight diabetes. Michael's decision to participate and fundraise for this cause is personal—a tribute to his father who passed away in 2003. "Dad taught me to fly and developed diabetes late in life after he retired from United Airlines," Michael explained. "I've participated in this ride for several years and feel this ride allows me to honor my dad while raising money for a great cause in hopes of finding a cure so that other families don't have to deal with diabetes." 
If you're interested in donating to his fundraising campaign, you can donate here.
For more information about the race itself or to explore additional events near you, please click here
FEDEX PILOTS PINK FUNDRAISER
20191001_pinkribbon.pngOver the last 4 years, FedEx pilots have raised over $70,000 to help those affected at every step of the breast cancer journey. Your $30 or higher donation will allow you to receive the official National Breast Cancer Fund (NBCF) Pink ribbon pin. Wear the pin all October to show your support and spread awareness. In conjunction with the pin, you may wear the epaulets (limited quantities still available) and your pink tie from previous years.
 
MEM - AOC Flight Coordination 901-224-5320
MEM - AOTC Flight Training (Mark Newman/Janet Keys) 901-397-9854
IND - Flight Coordination (Dean Brock) 317-481-7464
LAX - John Underwood 800-722-9839
ANC - Suzanne Garnett 907-317-1031
CAN - Cecilia Zou 086-20-2888-0624
CDG - Flight Coordination (Donna Allen, Laurence Jollivet POC) 011-33-1-4919-9679
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