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UPCOMING MEC AND JOINT COUNCIL MEETINGS 
The 3rd Quarter MEC meeting will be held in Memphis the week of August 13-17, 2018. The agenda will be posted in accordance with the MEC Policy Manual.
The MEM Joint Council meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 14th at the Crowne Plaza - Memphis East (2625 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Memphis 38118) beginning at 10:30 a.m. All individual local council meetings will take place immediately following the joint council meeting. Council 7 (Blocks 1, 4 and 8) will be counting nomination ballots to determine candidates for an electronic ballot for a new term beginning March 1, 2019. Additionally, Council 7 will be electing a new interim block 1 representative who will assume the position immediately after the election at the meeting. For specific, detailed information regarding these elections, please click here
ALPA AIR SAFETY FORUM
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The 64th ALPA Air Safety Forum (ASF) is taking place this week in Washington, D.C. This week's event features panels and discussions with aviation safety and security experts, technical and educational exhibits, recognition of outstanding pilot contributions, and much more. 
Several of our own FedEx pilots are participating in and serving as subject matter experts on various topics including, but not limited to, safety, security, jumpseat and dangerous goods. 
The open session of the forum will begin on Wednesday, August 1st and will be live-streamed on ALPA's website. Joining ALPA president Capt. Tim Canoll and the ALPA Air Safety Organization, this year’s speakers include:
  • U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth and Bob Casey
  • The Honorable Howard “Skip” Elliott, administrator, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
  • Ed Wytkind, former president, Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO
  • The Honorable Dan Elwell, acting administrator, Federal Aviation Administration
  • Paul Rinaldi, president, National Air Traffic Controllers Association
  • Fellow ALPA leaders, pilots, North American government and industry regulators, and other stakeholders
To view the ASF agenda, please click here. To watch the webcast, please click here
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NON-REFUNDABLE AIRLINE TICKETS
I t is our understanding that in June and July some pilots (fewer than 100) had Lufthansa (LH) flights incorrectly purchased as non-refundable due to an incorrect code entered by LH. Global Travel cancelled all non-refundable tickets that had not been used and re-issued them as fully refundable. If a LH ticket had already been used, Crew Audit may have disallowed the ticket on your expense reports prior to being aware of the issue. If you had a LH ticket purchased in June or July on your expense report and it was denied due to it being a non-refundable ticket, file a discrepancy and the issue will be reviewed and corrected.  
The discrepancy process is as follows: if the deadhead is in your travel bank, click “file a discrepancy;” submit the tickets to the expense report as either “other scheduled” or “other deviation;” “N/A” as the trip #; select “adjust scheduled fare,” then in this box enter the deadhead value plus the non- refundable ticket amount. In the comment box indicate “the discrepancy is to increase the deviation bank to cover the ticket listed incorrectly as non- refundable.” The discrepancy will then be reviewed for approval.
If you have any questions, contact Contract Enforcement at FedEx-Enforcement@alpa.org .
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CALL TO ACTION - HELP KEEP TWO PILOTS IN THE COCKPIT
W e encourage you to engage Congress on the critical Section 744 language regarding single-pilot operations. Participate in ALPA's Call to Action regarding this issue, and ask your friends and family to participate, too. 
This program will have an impact on all of us—we need 100% participation from FedEx pilots! To participate now, click here.
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CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES
As many communities in Northern California continue to be evacuated due to fast-moving wildfires, we would like to remind you that if you need assistance, please contact our Pilot Assistance Committee Chairman Captain Lance Glidden at Lance.Glidden@alpa.org. We also know that stress, anxiety and other depression-like symptoms are common reactions after a disaster. You can reach out to our Pilot Assistance Team Hotline (PATH) by calling 866-FDX-ALPA or 901-752-8749. PATH was established to provide a source of support for pilots during difficult times and provides support to all pilots seeking physiological, psychological, or medical assistance. Pilot peers are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to guide their coworkers to all available resources and all calls to PATH are completely confidential. Additionally, the Disaster Distress Helpline is open 24/7, 365-days-a-year for counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural disasters. You can call 1-800-985-5990 toll-free, or text TalkWithUs to 66746 for multi-lingual, confidential crisis support.  
In addition, there are two emergency relief funds available to crewmembers who may need assistance after suffering a financial hardship as a result of an unpredictable and unfortunate event. 
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ANC FAMILY BBQ 
The Council 79 annual family BBQ will be held at the home of Captain Tim Bloom and his wife Shanna on Saturday, August 25th from 12 p.m to 6 p.m. The main course and drinks will be provided. For more detailed information, including the address, what you should bring, and how to volunteer to help, please click here
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COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN OPENINGS
W e are currently seeking a chairman for the Pilot to Pilot (P2P) and Jumpseat committees. Any interested pilot should contact MEC Secretary Treasurer Captain Don Ray at Don.Ray@alpa.org.
MEC VICE CHAIRMAN POSITION 
W ith the election of Captain John Cardaci as MEC Chairman, we will soon need to fill the MEC Vice Chairman position. Interested candidates should submit a résumé and/or position letter to MEC Secretary Treasurer Captain Captain Don Ray at Don.Ray@alpa.org. To date, we have received official notice from Capt. Dave Chase, Capt. Steve Heid, Capt. Mike Johnson, First Officer Don Loepke and Capt. Wes Reed of their intention to run for this position. 
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MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE WELCOMES NEW HIRES
T wo volunteers from the FDX Membership Committee had the pleasure of giving a “Welcome Aboard” presentation on behalf of FDX ALPA to our 23 newest pilots and many of their spouses on July 24, 2018.
The new hires were assigned as MEM based FOs in the MD-11, B-777, A-300 and B-757. Our newest pilots have a diverse background, hailing from USAF, USMC, USN, Express Jet, Southwest, Skywest, Republic, Southern Air, Atlas, Endeavor, Jet Blue, Envoy and United. 
Please join us in welcoming our newest pilots to the FedEx pilot seniority list! The famous caboose seniority number is 4781. Welcome aboard, gentlemen!
Captain Vic Tansey
FDX MEC Membership Chairman
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The Class:
Dave McNally, Will Hall, Seth Nulton,Kyle Holder, Deron Krietemeyer, Benjamin Chapman, Brandon Strong, Blake Short, George McMillen, Chris Bartels, Scott Palen, Ryan Nofziger, Patrick Saunders, Brandon Johnson, Greg McGuire, Eric Fitz, Jeff Stock, Ben Robbins, Paul Seidel, Kevin Cerne, Jeff Isgett, Chauncey Griffith and Jeff Branson
JUNE RETIREES
The FDX MEC and R&I Committee would like to congratulate the following ALPA members who retired in June and thank them for their years of participation in the Association.
Captain Steve Powell, Captain Scott Inglis, First Officer James Phillips, Captain David Ruddock, Captain Jeff Scott, Captain Larry Futrell, Second Officer Keith Baker, Captain Kenneth Kulesha and Captain William Ferris
Total Retirements for January through May were 41, of whom, 40 were ALPA members.
**Our condolences to the family of First Officer Mark Zemeck, who passed away on June 28, 2018.
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IPAD TIP: FEDEX VERSION "CHECKER" APP
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The FedEx Version Checker “app” has been released. The Version Checker accomplishes three goals. Click here to read more. 
The goal of Flight Ops iPad Support is to continue providing you with helpful information. Please feel free to let them know what you think by writing an email to iPad Support at FDCMS@fedex.com.
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