Positive Rate Weekly - 11/5/19
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Positive Rate Weekly - 11/5/19

 

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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 THE VICE CHAIRMAN
In the Positive Rate Weekly newsletter, MEC Chairman Captain Pete Harmon recently summarized the results of our most recent survey. As he stated in his communication, pilots want focused negotiations with retirement being a priority. Another priority—regardless of the bargaining timeline—is defending the Collective Bargaining Agreement. 
It is management’s responsibility to operate their business within the confines of the CBA. With 24/7/365 operations worldwide, it is incumbent upon the pilot membership to know and report suspected violations of the agreement. To that end, your MEC has dedicated resources for you to report any perceived violations by submitting a PDR. As always, a pilot may still call ALPA Contract Enforcement or their individual Council or Block representative. 
At the October MEC meeting, Grievance Committee Chairman Captain Chris Wood briefed the MEC on results of cases brought forward in 2019. Thanks to the hard work and dedication of our pilot volunteers and ALPA staff, to include the Grievance Committee, attorneys, and Contract Enforcement, we have been able to get nearly $400,000 dollars owed to pilots through successful resolution of 78 percent of their cases. A couple of weeks ago, I met one of our newer Anchorage pilots at his Council meeting where he brought forward a complaint that I forwarded to Contract Enforcement. They quickly resolved his case for almost $7,000! 
When made aware of an issue, Contract Enforcement has a responsibility to understand the facts and determine if there is in fact a violation or a dispute. Sometimes, Contract Enforcement must inform the pilot that there is no violation. Other times, more research is required. Occasionally, we receive feedback from pilots who are upset that the Contract Enforcement team requests time to review the facts with FedEx for their opinion. This leads some to believe that we let FedEx tell us what is in the CBA! This is not the case. Simply put, there is no dispute if FedEx agrees there was a violation and agrees to make the pilot whole. In fact, this is the fastest route to resolution and the one each of us should hope for in our own particular case. Otherwise, we are likely to end up in a grievance. 
A grievance occurs when both FedEx and the pilot do not agree on either the facts or the language. These cases can take significantly longer. Grievances that are denied can be appealed and may eventually end up in settlement or arbitration. Often times, arbitrated grievances affect the CBA going forward. If you wish to keep track these administrative grievances, we make their progress available on our website.
As we continue to prepare for Contract 2021, it can be easy to divert our attention away from Contract 2015. The better we know the current contract, the easier it is to know what changes we would like for the next one. Know your rights and report violations. Don’t lose money and benefits we have already bargained!
ASSISTANCE FOR FELLOW PILOT
Several pilots continue to ask about our colleague, Todd Hohn, who is currently still in China. Todd is pay protected and still receiving his housing allowance. He is, however, facing astronomical legal fees that are straining his entire extended family’s resources. While many of you have stepped up and donated generously to Todd and his family, it can’t be overstated how much of a financial strain they are under. We will continue to ask that you consider donating to Todd as long as there is a deep need for your assistance.
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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MYIDTRAVEL JUMPSEAT LISTING WEBSITE
The myidtravel jumpseat listing website recently updated its style to more closely match the myidtravel personal travel site. The Jumpseat Committee put together a short presentation to demonstrate the process of booking a jumpseat on the updated website. Please click here to view the presentation (note: you will need to login to view the document). 
FROM THE TRAINING COMMITTEE: LMS VOLUNTEERS
The Training Committee is in need of some volunteers to review the Tri-Annual LMS for credit while helping to establish run times. The test time will run from December 11-25 and we need 3 volunteers per fleet (B757 and B767 will be separate). First come, first serve to participate. Please contact Training Committee Chairman Captain Walt Owen at Walter.Owen@alpa.org if you can help!
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HKG SECURITY UPDATE
Hong Kong protests continue, often unannounced and increasingly turning violent. Although mostly occurring on weekends, protests are popping up sporadically during the week. Protest locations are mostly in Central and along Nathan Road in Kowloon but, can happen anywhere in Hong Kong as protestors avoid the police. Expect major disruptions of transportation, especially on the MTR. Local media has recently been reporting that police are using a more potent tear gas along with water cannons. Protesters are using Molotov Cocktails (petrol bombs) and becoming more violent with police. Therefore, it is critical to remain vigilant, avoid large gatherings, follow local media coverage and follow directives from local police. Avoid wearing black or associating with protesters.  
We have had only one PDR of Customs/Immigration Officers demanding access to crewmembers cell phones in Shanghai. Photos and Apps were examined. We believe that officials were looking for photos and videos of protests as well as social media posts supporting the protests. Do not have photos, videos or posts about events in Hong Kong on any of your electronic devices.  
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.
Before leaving your residence or hotel in Hong Kong, it is crucial to check all available resources for known protest activity. FedEx Corporate Security is posting known or suspected protests on the Security page of PFC located under the “Security” tab of the “Flight Operations” drop down menu.  
FedEx ALPA HKG Security Page and Prohibited Items Lists
http://fdx.alpa.org/CommitteesLZ/Security/tabid/3224/Default.aspx
Hong Kong Live Map
https://hongkong.liveuamap.com
Local Media
South China Morning Post
https://www.scmp.com/topics/hong-kong-extradition-bill
Hong Kong Free Press
https://www.hongkongfp.com
MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE WELCOMES NEW HIRES
Six volunteers from the FDX Membership Committee had the pleasure of giving a “Welcome Aboard” presentation on behalf of FDX ALPA to our ten newest pilots and many of their spouses on 22 October 2019. The new hires were assigned as MEM 777, 767, and 757 based first officers. Our newest pilots have a diverse background hailing from both civilian and military backgrounds. Please join us in welcoming our newest pilots to the FedEx pilot seniority list! The famous caboose seniority number is 5151. Welcome aboard!
The Class:
Joel Seipel, Lauren Stroschin, Wesley Olson, Joseph Woods, Robert Hinna, Josh Fields, Ethan Myers,
Eric Chain and Andrew McLay
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AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER RETIREES 
The FDX MEC and R&I Committee would like to congratulate the following ALPA members who retired in August and September and thank them for their years of participation in the Association.
Captain Earl Gillette, First Officer Skip Schoenheit, Captain Jean Fortanas, Captain George Babb, Captain Bob Caulk, Captain Mike Clemons, Captain Mike Heath, Captain Paul Westfield, First Officer Dave Karmann, First Officer Ronald King, Captain Vic Liberti, Captain Emmitt Dickens, Captain Mark Nixon, Captain Mark Conger, Captain Mark Misulich, Captain Ron Davis, Captain Ken  Jesiel and Captain Ron Veirs 
Total Retirements for January through September were 60, of whom, 50 were ALPA members.
*Our condolences to the family of Captain Dale Fabricius, who passed away on September 24th. 
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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 
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. 
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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. 
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CHRISTMAS EPAULETS IN MEMORY OF JOHN KNUTSON

041217_jumpseatpr.pngJohn Knutson was a pilot for North Central, Republic, and Northwest Airlines who lost his battle with stomach cancer in 1997 at the age of 56. John was also a veteran of the United States Army. Several years ago, John's widow, Mary, got the idea to start making Christmas Epaulets. The money started to come in and she decided that all proceeds should go to the Chetek-Weyerhaeuser Scholarship Foundation in John's memory, as he was a 1959 graduate of Chetek High School.

In recognition of John's sense of patriotism and his military service, it was decided that 50% of all profits from Christmas Epaulets be given to Snowball Express. Snowball Express is a 501(c)(3) organization devoted to helping the children between the ages of 5 and 18 of deceased military veterans. Snowball Express is devoted to bettering the lives and futures of the children of our fallen military heroes!

To order your pair of Christmas Epaulets, please click here.

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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