Message from the Chairman - 12/19/18
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Message from the Chairman - 12/19/18

 

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I know I’m not alone when I say that I love this time of year. There’s a special feeling and spirit within each of us that comes out in the form of patience, generosity, and kindness. 

Those who have attended our hub turn meetings know that the very first thing I do is say thank you to all in attendance. Every chance I get I like to brag about the unbelievable character of our crewforce. While we all can find something to complain about, we must never forget that there are those among us who have serious challenges. In my unique position as your MEC Chairman, I get to see with great pride and admiration how the crewforce steps up when a fellow brother or sister is in need. 

We are approaching the one-year anniversary of Brian Alexander’s fall, which resulted in serious brain trauma. When your MEC Reps and Officers learned of this tragic event, we immediately put out PDO bump requests for Brian’s remaining trips. Within a matter of hours, all of Brian’s trips were picked up. This would be incredible any time of year, but to see this take place during the holiday season was really special. Unfortunately, Brian was not the only crewmember who needed our help. Each and every time we put out a PDO bump request for a brother or sister in need, you step up, and for that I am truly grateful. 

This is the character trait I wish the Company would value and respect. It is this “can do” attitude that has helped make FedEx great. It is our “complete the mission” mentality that allows our company to keep the “Purple Promise.” It is we, the FedEx pilots, the most skilled aviators in the industry, who deliver the world on time. That is what we bring to the table and what needs to be valued and rewarded.

I want you to know how much I value and respect each of you for all you do every day to make our crewforce special. Your unmatched character gives me the motivation and energy to fight every day to enhance your quality of life as a FedEx pilot. The pace is not what I would like, but we are making progress. Some of the exhausting trips that made it to our schedules in the past are being eliminated through the FERC process. While trending in the right direction, the FERC process is still lacking. Work to improve it continues. Sleep room access during hub turns has increased thanks to all who brought this problem to our attention. Recliners are now available at our out stations for a quick combat nap during the turn and are spreading throughout the system. And of course, the AVA that we negotiated to limit hotel standbys this time of year is being taken advantage of by many. The work to enhance your quality of life continues. As I have said many times, we can’t do it alone, and we need your help. Please copy and e-mail your company INSITE and fatigue reports to us at, Insite@alpa.org and FatigueReport@alpa.org. We need these reports so that we can hold management accountable. It is making a difference. 

The quickest path for progress is for the leaders of this corporation to not just recognize us as a line item expense on a spreadsheet but rather to recognize, value, and reward the work we do to make this company the brand it is. We will continue to meet with management and provide the decision makers with valid and credible arguments on your behalf. Opinions are just that—opinions. Facts, however, stated through INSITE and fatigue reports get management’s attention. Please continue to do your part, forward us the data to help us fight to enhance your quality of life, and make this the greatest place on the planet to work. 

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Fly safe.

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Captain John Cardaci

Individual commitment to a group effort—that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work. 
—Vince Lombardi

 
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