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ou asked for it and now we are bringing it to you! A health survey is now available and we need all of our members to provide us with input! The survey will only take a few minutes of your time and your answers will remain anonymous. This survey will only be available for a couple more weeks; participate now! 
Please click here or on the image above to be directed to the survey. Thank you for your willingness to participate!
Be Well,
First Officer Reyné O’Shaughnessy
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THE ALPA FDX MEC OFFICE will be closing at noon on Friday, September 1st and remain closed Monday, September 4th in observance of the Labor Day holiday. We will reopen at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, September 5th.
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From the MEC Secretary Treasurer: WET-LEASE PENALTY PAYMENT
YOUR MEC RECENTLY APPROVED a per capita distribution plan for wet-lease penalties incurred by the company during the December 2016 bid period.
 
Wet-Leasing Activity Distribution Amount Pay Date
November 28, 2016 - January 1, 2017 $215.70 August 31, 2017
 
 
 
In order to be eligible for a penalty payment, you must have been an active pilot during any portion of the dates listed above.
An active pilot will be defined as a pilot who was employed by the company during any portion of a relevant time period as described above. Pilots on military leave during all or part of a relevant time period (as described above) will be considered on active status for that relevant period. Pilots on a leave of absence other than military leave status for an entire relevant period will be considered on inactive for that period. Pilots on disciplinary suspension for an entire time period shall be considered on inactive status for that period.
Payments will be listed as a recruiting bonus on your paystubs and the amounts shown above are gross pay before any deductions.
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MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE WELCOMES NEW HIRES
THREE VOLUNTEERS FROM THE FDX MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE had the pleasure of giving a "Welcome Aboard" presentation on behalf of FDX ALPA to our newest pilots and many of their spouses on August 22, 2017. The new hires were assigned as MEM based FOs in the MD-11, A-300, B-757 as well as CDG 757. Our newest pilots have a diverse background, hailing from military and civilian backgrounds. Please join us in welcoming our newest pilots to the FedEx pilot seniority list! The famous caboose seniority number is 4654. Welcome aboard, ladies and gentlemen!
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PLEASE HELP US WELCOME: Cody Walstrom, Geoffrey Hegarty, Bryan S. Henderson, Marnie H. Alcock, Christopher Childress, Adam D. Campbell, Wesley J. Blake, James M. Beeker, Victoria M. Spavento, Steven W. Plummer, Joel Kingdon, Jacob E. Fliginger, George F. Lenahan, Gustuf S. Palmquist, Seth A. Hardley, Joseph M. Nolan, Scott B. Powell, William R. Hartmann, John A. Frame, Adam A. Hafez, William A. Stiles, Jr. **Caboose**
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PATH SEEKING VOLUNTEERS
PILOT ASSISTANCE TEAM HOTLINE (PATH) is looking to expand and is need of pilot peers. PATH training will be held October 10-12 in Memphis. If you are interested, or have any questions, contact the PATH interim Chairman Kandy Bernskoetter, Kandy.Bernskoetter@alpa.org, 773-405-4354
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FROM CONTRACT ENFORCEMENT
WAS A DEADHEAD TRIP REMOVED FROM YOUR SCHEDULE?
A re you wondering if you keep the deviation bank associated with the removed trip? That depends on why the trip was removed. Listed below are some of the common reasons a trip may be removed from your schedule and whether or not bank monies would remain intact:
A trip is canceled by the Company
Yes, deadhead bank monies remain intact (Section 8.C.2.d).
A trip is revised
Yes. This also falls under Section 8.C.2.d. A comparison is done for the value of the deviation bank at award/assignment versus the value at block-out/actual operation. You are entitled to the higher value. 
A trip is removed and you become eligible for Substitution (SUB) assignments
Yes, the Company has changed or revised a trip causing you to become eligible for SUB; the deviation bank monies will remain intact (Section 8.C.2.d). In fact, you'll keep the bank for the original trip in addition to the bank associated with SUB assignments. 
A trip is dropped
No, you won't keep the bank because the removal of the trip was not due to a change or cancellation by the Company (Section 8.C.2.d).
A trip is Per Diem Only (PDO) bumped
No, if you are bumped you will not keep the bank. The pilot operating the trip earns the deviation credit for the trip (Section 25.L.11.b.iv).
A trip is removed due to calling in sick
If you call in sick prior to a trip, you do not retain the deviation bank. However, if you become ill or are injured during a trip, the Company is required to provide transportation back to your base or residence. Travel costs in this scenario are limited to the cost of returning to base (Section 14.B.4). You will also keep the bank for deadheads operated prior to calling sick on that trip. 
A trip is bumped for training
Yes, if bumped from an entire trip, the deadhead monies remain intact (Section 25.U.2). 
A trip is bumped by management
Yes, if a management pilot bumps a line pilot from their scheduled trip, the line pilot receives the deviation credit for the trip or portion of the trip removed (Section 9.A.2). 
A trip is removed operationally for legality (1-in-7, international buffer, etc)
Yes, you will keep the deviation bank credit for the removed trip (Section 8.C.2.d).
For less common trip removals, retaining deviation bank credits may be dependent on the circumstances and timing of the situation (emergency drop, bereavement, etc). 
Please remember that all deadhead travel is classified into two categories, Front/Back-End, and Mid-Trip. For the purpose of deviation bank credit, each category is treated separately. 
If you have questions, please contact Contract Enforcement at  fedex-enforcement@alpa.org.
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New Fume Exposure guidance website
A LPA's Air Safety Organization (ASO) has been working on ways to mitigate the risks associated with onboard smoke and fume events. Our Aeromedical and Aircraft Design and Operations Groups have coordinated with the Engineering and Air Safety department to develop guidance for flight crews to use after being involved in one of these events.

To provide flight crews with a quick reference checklist, we have developed a webpage at the following link:  https://www.alpa.org/resources/fume-exposure-guidance.

The first step for flight crews after encountering an event is to call the ALPA Accident/Serious Incident Hotline (202-797-4180), along with contacting ALPA Aeromedical (303-341-4435).

The website provides flight crews with a downloadable “Fume Exposure Health Care Provider Guide,” an IATA smoke and fumes reporting form, and an IATA medical guidance document on cabin air quality events. The health care provider guide can be used by health care professionals to give them the information necessary to ensure that crew members are appropriately tested and treated.

The reporting form is intended to be used by ALPA pilots who have encountered smoke/fume events, to be filled out and forwarded to EAS@alpa.org, to allow the ASO and Engineering & Air Safety department to track and document these events.

help those hit by harvey: donate to p4p today

As the remnants of Hurricane Harvey continue to batter Texas and now target Louisiana, the widespread destruction is already overwhelming—and it’s likely to get even worse. Pilots for Pilots (P4P) provides monetary assistance to ALPA members and their families to cover the immediate, extraordinary expenses that follow widespread, catastrophic events, but it is funded solely by donations. Applications related to Harvey have already started coming in, and history tells us to expect many more in the coming weeks—likely more than our current funds will cover. We need your help so we can provide assistance to every ALPA member who needs it.

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P4P was created solely for ALPA members and their dependents. A grant from P4P helps expedite the recovery process following widespread disasters, allowing ALPA families to return their lives to some semblance of normalcy. P4P can help with expenses that are not covered by insurance, including medical care, temporary housing, debris removal or repairs to primary residence, and replacement of medical equipment, vehicles, or other personal property. A grant can also be used to help pay for transportation/evacuation or travel expenses, temporary child or elder care, and counseling.

Get Help, Give Help:

  1. If you were affected by Hurricane Harvey, you may be eligible for a grant from P4P. Learn more and apply.
  2. If you know an ALPA pilot affected by Hurricane Harvey, please tell them about P4P and encourage them to apply.
  3. If you’re able, please donate to P4P so we can help as many of your ALPA colleagues as possible.

Hurricane Harvey has been a stark reminder that we’re all just a disaster away from needing P4P.


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RETIREMENT ANNOUNCEMENT
C aptain Stuart Cummings who will retire on August 31, 2017 submitted the following retirement announcement. We would like to congratulate Captain Cummings and wish him all the best as he enters into retirement.
First, sincerest thanks to my union brothers and sisters for all their tireless work. I am humbled by your dedication, and grateful for the resultant benefits we all reap.
Brief Bio: 7 years active Navy; 2 1/2 years Grumman Flight Test; 28 years Tigers/FedEx. All but 3 years with FedEx were international. Of innumerable international flights, 53 were actual, operational around-the-world as Capt. or F/O.
After Retirement: We have a 6 year-old daughter! Also, Boy Scouts, conservation, numerous hobbies, and possibly teaching at some point.
It has been an honor flying with you.  
Cheers,  
Stu
If you would like to contact Stu, he can be reached at 303-847-1674 or steweyc@gmail.com.
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