Vice Chairman's Message - 11/5/19
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Vice Chairman's Message - 11/5/19

 

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November 5, 2019
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!
In Unity,
Captain David Chase
FDX MEC Vice Chairman
FedEx-MECViceChair@alpa.org
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