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From the Military Affairs Committee - 10/3/17
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From the Military Affairs Committee - 10/3/17

 

It's that time of year again! Leaves are turning, a chill is in the air, and Peak will soon be upon us. As we enter the busiest time of the year for FedEx, ALPA would like to extend a sincere thank you to our Military members who serve our country. With increasing global tensions and challenging budget constraints, the "busiest time of the year" often occurs year-around in the military, without regard to the cyclical business demands of your employer.
ALPA and FedEx are well aware of the challenges our service men and women face as they continue to balance their military duties with family responsibilities and FedEx obligations. The ALPA Military Affairs Committee would like to remind our crewmembers that if they are able to delay or defer military duties during Peak, it would assist the company as they face the manning challenges of Peak. When unable to accommodate the company desires for deferral during Peak, crewmembers should attempt to notify the company of pending MLA duties as soon as possible to alleviate last-minute disruptions to crew manning during this busy time. As provided in USERRA, your employer has the right to request a deferral of any military duty that will adversely impact their operations.

Title 20 Chapter IX Part 1002- Regulations Under USERRA
§1002.104 Is the employee required to accommodate his or her employer's needs as to the timing, frequency or duration of service?

No. The employee is not required to accommodate his or her employer's interests or concerns regarding the timing, frequency, or duration of uniformed service. The employer cannot refuse to reemploy the employee because it believes that the timing, frequency or duration of the service is unreasonable. However, the employer is permitted to bring its concerns over the timing, frequency, or duration of the employee's service to the attention of the appropriate military authority. Regulations issued by the Department of Defense at 32 CFR 104.4 direct military authorities to provide assistance to an employer in addressing these types of employment issues. The military authorities are required to consider requests from employers of National Guard and Reserve members to adjust scheduled absences from civilian employment to perform service.

ALPA feels that Peak 2017 will see a significant shift in the tone and demeanor of these requests from FedEx as we welcome a new Military Affairs Liaison at FedEx. In fact, our membership demands it. We have the following expectations regarding Peak 2017:

1. ALL MLA NOTIFICATIONS SHALL BE PROCESSED IN A TIMELY MANNER.
If your CBA rights such as Secondary Line construction, Bid Line adjustments and Open Time trading are compromised due to the company dragging their feet in processing MLA notifications, please contact the ALPA Military Affairs Committee, as we will be gathering metrics to forward along to the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) in order to determine if excessive delays in MLA processing meets the Department of Labor (DOL) threshold for harassment.
2. ALL DIALOGUE BETWEEN THE COMPANY AND OUR MILITARY MEMBERS WILL BE IN A RESPECTFUL MANNER FREE FROM HARRASSMENT.
The company has a right to ask you to defer your military service. You have the obligation to reply to that request in whatever manner your operational tempo at your units will allow. If any of your Unit Commanders receive a phone call from the company regarding deferral of military service, please contact the ALPA Military Affairs Committee immediately so that we may follow up with unit commanders to confirm the tone of those conversations. ALPA expects that all communications from the company will originate with the company's current Military Liaison, Jack Ramsaur.
3. SUBMIT YOUR MLA NOTIFICATIONS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE FOR SERVICE DURING PEAK.
If you are rapidly approaching a trip or assignment that will impact MLA, you are not required to do any additional actions. VIPS notification of your MLA is all that is required. If the company waits until the last minute to process that notification, you are not responsible for showing for that trip. Contact ALPA and we will ensure that this is documented. Under USERRA, you are only required to notify the company.

All of the above items were areas of great concern for our crewmembers last Peak, and it is ALPA's sincere expectation that the new FedEx Military Liaison, Jack Ramsaur will usher in a new era of respectful dialogue with our military members. Our experience with Jack thus far indicates that he is an advocate for our military members as they balance their military commitments with FedEx duties. Fly safe, continue upholding the highest standards of honesty and integrity that our military members have always displayed, and thank you for your service.

NEW FEDEX MILITARY AFFAIRS LIASION

ALPA is very pleased to welcome Jack Ramsaur as the company's new Military Affairs Liaison. Jack has a sterling reputation both here at FedEx as well as in the Air Force, where he retired as a General Officer after 37 years. Marking a significant shift in military relations, Jack has included the ALPA Military Affairs Committee in the new hire military brief during Basic Indoc. Our continued cooperation will hopefully usher in a true partnership that aligns FedEx and ALPA's stated goals with regards to military duty: "To assist our crew members as they navigate the challenges of balancing the three pillars of reserve service: Family, Military, and FedEx."

 

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