Positive Rate Weekly - 5/2/17
Positive Rate Weekly - 5/2/17



It is our distinct pleasure to announce that the arbitrator assigned to Grievance 15-10 (Soft R-day Move into Vacation Buffer) has sustained ALPA’s grievance and ordered that the Company cease and desist its violation of the CBA.

The facts which led to the grievance are rather simple; the Company moved a pilots R-day using the “soft R-day move” clause into a pilot’s 48 hour duty free vacation buffer. The Company argued that its use of the soft R-day move was consistent with the plain language of the CBA and bargaining dating back to the mid-1990’s. More specifically, the Company argued that once the 48 hour duty free vacation buffer initially clears the pilot’s schedule of conflicting duties, the buffer ceases to exist and the cleared days become subject to soft R-day moves if the pilot’s schedule otherwise permits. We argued that the plain language and explicit bargaining history demonstrated that the 48 hour duty free vacation buffer continued to exist and protect the pilot’s vacation. After hearing a full day of testimony from 5 witnesses and reviewing written arguments submitted by the parties, the arbitrator ruled in favor of ALPA. The arbitrator’s decision captures the entire proceeding in great detail. It is available on the FDX Grievance Committee website for viewing (please note you will need your login information to view the document; select the highlighted grievance).

We want to express our gratitude to the Grievant who helped us enforce the CBA and Captain Mike Weiland who provided the compelling account of the bargaining history. Please keep a close eye on what scheduling is doing with regards to your vacation line reconstruction and please bring it to the attention of Contract Enforcement ( Everyone needs to participate in the protection of our vacation system.


Chris Wood
Chairman, Grievance Committee

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Upcoming MEC Meeting and MEM Joint Council Meeting


The next MEC meeting will be held the week of June 12-16 in Memphis. The MEM Joint Council meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 14 at the Marriott Memphis East (5795 Poplar Avenue, Memphis, TN). The Joint Council Meeting will begin at 10 a.m. and individual local council meetings will follow at its conclusion.

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From Contract Enforcement - TIPS ON MONTHLY BIDDING

Please note that Section 25.C.12.f., trip or R-day block conflict with recurrent training, and 25.E.4.b.i.(a)(1) – (4), secondary line holder designation of number of vacation days, have not been implemented. To view the Implementation Schedule posted on the FedEx MEC home page, please click here.  

A pilot’s current bid period schedule, including carryover, takes precedence over a subsequent bid period schedule.  Any trip that conflicts with carryover (including a previously removed carryover trip) will be dropped as CIC (Carry-in Conflict) and is eligible for make-up. If your new trip is greater than 120 hours TABF, you may request to keep this trip on your line if the carryover trip is less than 72 hours TAFB or 3-day block (Sec. 25.F.3.a.). 

When bidding vacation with carryover, remember that carryover conflicts will cause the trip in the new bid period to drop out before the vacation period is considered. This means that if you bid a long trip in your next month’s vacation week, and if this trip is also in conflict with carryover, the trip in the new bid period will be dropped for the conflict before it is dropped for vacation.

  1. In January, suppose you have a carryover trip (into February), but the trip is dropped owing to a January vacation. When you bid for February you MUST remember to bid to de-conflict (if that is your wish) with the carryover trip even though the trip has been dropped. Otherwise any trip in conflict with that trip will be dropped as CIC.
  2. In another scenario, suppose you have a January carryover trip (into February) and you have vacation in February, but the vacation does not conflict with the carryover trip; however, the carryover trip is in conflict with a trip on your February line. In addition, the February trip is also in conflict with your vacation. What knocks out the February trip, the carryover trip or vacation? Answer = the carryover trip.    

Vacation days are considered work days for minimum days off protection.
Please contact if you have any CBA questions.

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*Please note the new information is in red text below*

Nobody likes getting a bill you didn’t expect—I get it. I didn’t like writing a check this morning for $143.28 to pay my dues balance. I’ve put together a Q and A to provide you some additional information on Section 29 implementation and the dues bills starting to show up in your email:

How did this happen? 

ALPA National Membership and FedEx payroll worked for several months early last year to implement the new timing of the paycheck dues deduction (DCO) described in CBA Section 29.B.4. The timing of the DCO was correctly programmed by the company and implemented on June 15th, 2016. However, the categories of pay that were subject to dues were not correctly programmed by the company. These categories included “separate check” income such as income from vacation cancellation (paid monthly), end of year vacation buy back (paid at end of December) and disability account (DSA) overflow/after tax income (paid at end of January).   The second installment of your signing bonus was paid on June 15th, 2016 but was not separate check income and dues were pulled correctly from that income.

Why wasn’t this discovered earlier?

From June 15th, 2016 through December 15th, 2016, separate check dues from monthly vacation cancellation should have been included in the income reports sent from the company to ALPA National Membership. These reports are essentially file exchanges of gross dues able income amounts for each pilot, the monthly “separate check” such as vacation cancellation dues able income should have been part of that exchange but was not. In mid-January 2017, yours truly noticed the monthly dues income had not bumped up at the end of December for end of year vacation buy back. I notified ALPA National Membership, who in turn notified the company. The company discovered and fixed the software error within a few days. Your MEC was informed in early February. ALPA National Membership has been testing the software and cross-checking gross income amounts and has verified the software has been correctly pulling dues since February 1st, 2017. Since that time, ALPA National membership has been calculating and verifying dues balances—those balances firmed up last week. Once we had reasonably accurate balances, ALPA and the company started informing the pilots via communications on PFC and from ALPA. We were also able to delay issuing the bills until after April 18th, 2017, to delay the pain from any taxes you were paying Uncle Sam.
What is a reconciliation?

ALPA does an annual verification (reconciliation) of what income each pilot had, against the dues they paid. This is generally perfunctory because 98% of our pilots are on DCO, so most of us are not familiar with this process. The reconciliation results in an adjustment, which if you have a balance due, results in a bill. We had two choices to collect the dues balance generated by the error in the company’s software. We could have asked the company to add the balance to DCO and pulled from your paycheck. We instead decided to add the balance into the annual ALPA reconciliation because we could maintain some flexibility of payment terms and have built in processes and staffing at ALPA National to verify balances. The result of the annual reconciliation is the email you received from ALPA National Membership on or about April 24th, 2017.  

Who is affected and has a balance to pay?

We have 2,320 pilots who had monthly vacation cancellation, end of year vacation buy back income or other “separate check” income that were not correctly charged dues from June 15th, 2016 though January 31st, 2017. The average amount of that dues balance is $360.44. We have another 348 pilots who have DSA spillover after tax income that was paid on January 31st, 2017 and not correctly charged dues with an average balance of $151.37. The “separate check” vacation cancellation and vacation buy back income dues is included in the 2016 balance line of your reconciliation statement. The DSA spillover income and other “separate check” income’s dues are reflected in the 2017 balance line of your reconciliation statement. You should have received a reconciliation statement via email from ALPA National Membership on or about April 24th, 2017.

What is an arrangement plan?

If you would like to pay your balance over time, you can contact ALPA National Membership and ask for an arrangement (payment) plan. Those requests are sent to the ALPA First VP of Finance, Randy Helling and myself for approval. Additionally, the FDX MEC has requested, and Captain Randy Helling has established, a pre-approved monthly payment of $200. If you desire a different amount, please contact ALPA National Membership.

How can I find my balance?

The balance is on the emailed reconciliation statement. You can also view your balance in the My Account area of the ALPA web site on or after May 5th, 2017.  You will be mailed a paper bill with your balance on or after May 9th, 2017. There is a remittance coupon included in this paper bill that you can return with your check.

How do I pay?

Three ways:

  1. Payment by check using the remittance coupon and self-addressed envelope provided with your monthly billing statement. You should receive this on or around May 9th, 2017.
  2. Payment via a bill payer service through your financial institution.
    1. Account Number: Your account number is your ALPA number.
    2. Address: Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l 535 Herndon Parkway, Herndon, VA 20170
  3. By contacting Membership Administration and signing an arrangement plan (ARP) that will allow you to pay the obligation over time.
    1. Payroll deductions for ARP’s are made once a month
    2. Monthly payment amount will be no more than $200, unless you request a higher monthly payment amount.

Will ALPA just take what I owe out of my paycheck?

No. To get your balance taken out of your paycheck, you'll need to contact ALPA National's Membership department and sign an arrangement plan.

Your recent Secretary Treasurer’s message said I might need to provide a copy of my pay stub, why?

ALPA National Membership uses your company pay statement to cross check the income on the statement versus what the company reported to ALPA. So, if you have a question about the accuracy of your balance, ALPA National may ask for your pay statements to verify and cross check dues able income. The end-of-year pay statements are usually the most useful for ALPA National membership to verify your balance. You can download all your past pay statements at ADP Self Service Portal For enrollment instructions for the ADP self-service portal, go to PFC and type “ADP” in the search bar in the upper right hand corner of the home page—that will take you to a detailed instruction job aid to enroll.

I’ve added up my 2016 and January 2017 income and it doesn’t match the reconciliation statement balances, why?

Until June 2016, your dues were pulled in arrears (accounting name for “based on prior month’s income”). So, your dues able income from December 2015 is included in the 2016 balance. I recommend calling ALPA National Membership if you have question about your balance and they can provide a spreadsheet that breaks down your income, balance and dues month by month to help you QC their numbers.

Could my dues balance be paid out of the remaining 5% signing bonus?                                          

Unfortunately, no. The language in the CBA 2015 Lump Sum Distribution Letter and ALPA Admin Manual Section 60 states that the 5% should be used for corrective purposes for errors and omissions for bonus payments only.

If I have questions, who should do I contact?

ALPA National Membership has the software that keeps your balance, sends the bills, and processes payments. They are your primary point of contact and have several people on staff to handle incoming calls and emails. Their email is Their phone number is 888-Fly-ALPA, option 3. You can also call me with questions, but if you have questions about your balance or how to pay, I recommend you start at ALPA National Membership. Trish McHugh is our primary membership staff member who works FedEx pilots’ dues issues and she received about 55 calls yesterday and is working her way through the backlog of voicemails.   

We all know this is a hassle, we are used to being on DCO, budgeting our expenses with some predictability and this wasn’t on your radar. When I found out what was happening in January with the company’s software I thought, “!!##&&$$!!**—this is going to leave a mark.” Please maintain your professionalism when contacting staff members in the ALPA National Membership Department.

Fly safe,

Rich Zins

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membership committee welcomes new hires

On Tuesday, 25 April, four volunteers from the Membership Committee had the pleasure of meeting and welcoming our latest new hire class. The class of 20 began their new careers on Monday, 24 April. It was another diverse class, hailing from FedEx Pro Instructor, Corporate, Omni, Virgin America, Express jet, Gemini, Pinnacle, Skywest, Compass, American Eagle, Mesa and United. We also had Air Force, Army, Navy, and yes, 2 Marines!

New Hires were assigned all FO seats in MEM except for the 75. We do have one pilot headed for CGN. The famous caboose seniority number is 4713. Please join me in welcoming aboard our latest new pilots to FedEx! Welcome aboard lady and gentlemen!

Captain Vic Tansey
FDX Membership Chairman

Pilots in photo, in no particular order:

Eric Wilson
Morgan Dodd
Pete Ryczek
Phil Lynch
Jennifer De Gier
Chris Osterman
Dan Walent
Colin Mullis
James Zuk
Alex Lammi
Jason Owen
Willie Bryan
Greg Lawrenz
Don Bolton
Neil Godbole
Quinn Albert
Jahvan Dechape
Karl Schmidt
Dustin Martin
Josh Hill*

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We are currently posting the position of chairman for our MEC Scope Committee. This position has been filled by Captain Ross Armstrong. Ross has indicated he is ready to step down as the chairman of this committee and with his recent announcement to step down, we are reminded of the work he's done for us over the past several years. Please join us in thanking Ross for his service to our union!

In accordance with the FDX MEC Policy Manual, those pilots who desire to be considered for this position should submit their resumes to MEC Vice Chairman Captain John Cardaci at

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The violations of both altitude and speed restrictions of Climb/Descend Via clearances continue to be a problem we see in ASAP. The proper phraseology by both pilots and ATC controllers continues to be an ongoing cause of confusion and misunderstanding of what is required or expected resulting in altitude and speed violations on the SID's and STAR's. Through our Confidential Information Sharing Program (CISP), we have the ability to share the issues our pilots have with these clearances with our ATC partners and identify the causes of misunderstanding for both parties.

Below is the latest publication that NATCA has sent out to their controllers. These 'ATSAP Briefings' use subject matter that is compiled from both Air Carrier ASAP reports (reports from pilots) as well as the Air Traffic Controllers ASAP reports (ATSAP). Through this program, we are able to identify problems for both ATC and pilots. By sharing them with you, we hope to try and mitigate these problems through education. I highly recommend reading the latest ATSAP Briefing “Subtle Problems with Climb/Descend Phraseology.” I also recommend the following two briefings that have been published in the past on this subject:  “Climb Via” and “A Pilot’s Perspective:  Normal Speed.” 

You can access these reports as well as others on the MEC website's safety committee page (click on ASAP and then ATSAP Briefings). I encourage you to take a look and see what other subjects CISP has identified to help us all work better together. 

Stacy Horn

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We want your photos

We want to see what you see. Share your pictures or videos from the line, and give us some context (i.e., let us know what we’re looking at).

We encourage you to submit your high-quality high-resolution digital images. Your photos could be featured in future MEC communications! Please note that by submitting your photos and/or videos, you are giving the MEC office permission to crop, edit, alter and publish your images and/or videos.

Send your photos to

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Retirement Education And research

Retirement was a primary issue where much attention was focused during our last collective bargaining agreement (CBA). While enhancements were made to Section 28, we know many hoped for more improvements that were not achieved in the latest agreement. Over the course of the last year, your elected representatives, MEC Officers, Negotiating Committee and R&I Committee have been involved in an effort to research our retirement plan as it currently exists, and explore possibilities that could enhance it. As this process continues to evolve, we’ve created this website as a central location to provide you with important information—from key players involved to previously released R&I educational videos and Chairman’s Messages.

The research process is underway. However, as you can imagine, this is an extensive project and will take our team of consultants significant time to develop concepts for consideration. It’s not until we reach that point that your elected representatives will determine if the outcome is worthy of further consideration. As previously noted in various communications, there is NO bargaining on retirement taking place with the company nor will there be without your inclusion.

Please take some time to peruse the website. We encourage you to bookmark it as a favorite as the information here will continue to be updated as we move forward.

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FedEx email is coming to pilot ipad

We're partnering with FedEx Flight Ops iPad Support to bring you information you can use. Please continue to read the Positive Rate for more articles similar to the one found below. We would like to thank Al Brucker for providing us with this information.

FedEx Email is Coming to Pilot iPad

In the ongoing effort to make the pilot iPad as productive as possible, Flight Operations is pleased to announce the release of native email. This means that your FedEx email will be automatically delivered to the Apple Mail app on your iPad and continue to be delivered to Outlook Webmail on PFC as well. This email feature has been regularly requested by pilots and it should provide a great convenience for virtually all users.

If you don’t currently use the Apple Mail app on the iPad, the new FedEx Exchange Email will be the only account in the app. If you have other email accounts already created in the Apple Mail app, the new FedEx Exchange Email account will simply be added with them. Your email from different accounts will NOT be mixed and each account will have its own inbox.

Also as part of this upgrade, FedEx contacts will sync with the Apple Contact app and FedEx calendar events will sync with the Apple Calendar app. Your FedEx contacts will appear to merge with your personal contacts into one list, but Apple actually keeps the two lists of contacts separate.

On the iPad Support site, you can find the Company Email Setup Guide and a list of anticipated frequently asked questions. For questions or assistance regarding the new features, please contact iPad Support using (after referencing the FAQs please).

The iPad Support Help Desk on the North wall in the Memphis AOC Crew Lounge will be staffed during the following hours if you prefer a personal visit.
• 11:00 AM – 12 PM Monday 1 May – Friday 5 May
• 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM Monday 1 May – Friday 5 May
• 11:30 PM – 2:30 AM Monday 1 May – Thursday 4 May

We hope you find this upgrade a valuable tool for your personal productivity on the iPad.

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From the membership committee

The following pilots have completed their probationary period with FedEx and will now become active members of ALPA. Please join us in congratulating these pilots for a job well done. Welcome to active status, gentlemen!

Captain Vic Tansey
FDX Membership Chairman

Kevin Inabnit
Brian Wald
Brian Rhatigan
Derck Mullin
John Czachor
Kyle Lanto
Stan Douglass
Daniel Fahey
Ken Fryar
Noah Davis
Sam Wilson
Javier Lee
Robert Jackson
Sushil Ramrakha
Robert Dickinson
Daniel King
Brian Bishop

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MEM Retirement and benefits seminar

MEM Retirement Seminars:

The next available Retirement Counseling Seminar will be held on May 3rd from 1:00-4:00 p.m. CST at the FDX MEC Office, 1770 Kirby Parkway, Suite 300, Memphis, TN 38138.

The Retirement Seminar is geared towards pilots preparing for retirement providing general information on all pilots’ retirement benefits and the retirement process. While we encourage all pilots to attend the Retirement Seminar, preference will be given to pilots closer to retirement.

For pilots who are unable to attend in person, we will provide access to the seminar via teleconference. In order to streamline the seminars and to ensure the highest level of counseling, we are limiting each seminar to 28 slots. Spouses are welcome to attend. 

To register for a Retirement Counseling Seminar click here. Please be prepared to provide your ALPA member number. Since the seminars fill up quickly, you should register as soon as possible.

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schwab individual retirement & financial counseling sessions - MEM and ANC

Dates: Thursday, May 4th and Thursday, May 18th

Schwab Executive Services Financial Consultants will be available on Thursday to conduct individual Retirement & Financial planning sessions with FedEx ALPA member pilots and their spouses. See the link below for available times. The sessions are free and scheduled for one hour in length. The slots fill up fast, so reserve yours now by clicking here.

Charles Schwab is ALPA’s preferred financial provider. Some of the benefits available for ALPA member pilots from Charles Schwab include complimentary financial planning, low-cost trading, educational online resources, etc. To learn more about the ALPA-Schwab relationship, please visit or contact Sylvia Arellano, the lead Executive Services Financial Consultant for FedEx ALPA pilots, directly at (720) 418-4200.

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professional pilot - terminal checklist quiz

Professional Pilot magazine has given us permission to reprint their "Terminal Checklist" section of the magazine. Please click here to view the "April 2017 Terminal Checklist."

John Cardaci
MEC Vice Chairman

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Air Facts journal

As you know, we recently received permission from Air Facts Journal to forward their online magazine to FedEx pilots. We hope you find this reading enjoyable. To view articles in Air Facts Journal, please click here.

Fly safe,

John Cardaci
MEC Vice Chairman

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