Positive Rate Weekly - 10/30/19
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MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR THIS YEAR'S ZOO LIGHTS EVENT
Join your fellow pilots and their families on Sunday, December 15th for a private "Zoo Lights Night" at the Memphis Zoo (gates will open at 5:30 p.m.). We encourage you to bring a new, unwrapped toy with you to drop off at the zoo entrance. We are collecting toys as part of our toy drive for the FedExFamilyHouse and Hope House for Christmas!
This Family Awareness event will feature Santa Claus and his reindeer, a glass house maze, enchanted forrest, ice skating, over one million holiday lights, and of course animals. We will have access to the Teton Trek Lodge for those concerned about weather along with refreshments. The gates will open at 5:30 p.m. and you are welcome to stay and visit throughout the zoo until 9 p.m. Your MEC officers and other union representatives will be in attendance. To assist us in planning, please take a few moments to RSVP here. 
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Questions? Please contact Family Awareness Chairman Captain Patrick Meagher at 901-568-4920 or Pat.Meagher@alpa.org. You may also contact the MEC office at 901-752-8749. 
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
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ASSISTANCE FOR FELLOW PILOT
We published a message earlier this month 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.
FLOWN WEST
Retired A300 Captain Jack Walker
Retired Captain Jack (Butch) Walker passed away in a single aircraft accident on Sunday, October 20th, near Anniston, AL. To read Captain Walker's obituary, please click here
Retired MD11 Captain Richard Redditt
Retired Captain Richard (Turtle) Redditt passed away on July 25, 2019 at Scripps Memorial Hospital in San Diego after a ten-month struggle with spindle cell sarcoma cancer. To read Captain Redditt's obituary, please click here
We ask you to keep the family and friends of Captains Walker and Redditt in your thoughts and prayers as they mourn the loss of their loved one. 
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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 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
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