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Fly By Night: Fatigue Risk Management Committee February 2024

By Fly by Night, Podcasts

In this episode of our podcast, we talk with Fatigue Risk Management Committee Chair Captain Rob Bassett. Rob discusses the roles and responsibility of his committee and the tools available to FedEx pilots when it comes to assessing fatigue. He also discusses the process on how to call in fatigue and the importance of filing a Fatigue Report and DART.

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Fly By Night: Scope Education (Ep. 2) January 2024

By Fly by Night, Podcasts

In this episode of our podcast, we talk with Scope Committee Chair Captain Sal Infante. This is the second episode in a series that will focus on scope. Sal discusses his previous union experience and dives into the current work being done by the Scope Committee. He also discusses recent DARTs the committee has received and provides responses to those DART questions. He also explains the difference between interlining, co-loading and code-sharing in relation to moving freight. 

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Fly By Night: R&I Education (Ep. 3) January 2024

By Fly by Night, Podcasts

In this episode of our podcast, we talk with R&I Committee Chair Captain Kevin Biggins and R&I Committee Member Captain Toby Cline. This is the third episode in a series that will focus on R&I.
Kevin and Toby discuss the history of our retirement, beginning with the 1999 contract. This podcast serves as an educational piece. The MEC tasked the R&I Committee to educate the crewforce on retirement options available to pilots.

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Fly By Night: R&I Education (Special Episode) January 2024

By Fly by Night, Podcasts

In this episode of our podcast, we talk with R&I Committee Chair Captain Kevin Biggins and R&I Committee Members Captain Toby Kline and First Officer James Olsen. This is a special episode in a series that will focus on R&I.This episode discusses the Market-Based Cash Balance Plans at other airlines, such as Delta, United and Southwest. They also discuss cash over cap, spillover and IRS limits.

This podcast serves as an educational piece. The MEC tasked the R&I Committee to educate the crewforce on retirement options available to pilots. You can expect more episodes in the future regarding R&I education. 

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Fly By Night: R&I Education (Ep. 2) December 2023

By Fly by Night, Podcasts

In this episode of our podcast, we talk with R&I Committee Chair Captain Kevin Biggins and R&I Committee Member First Officer James Olsen. This is the second episode in a series that will focus on R&I.
Kevin and James discuss the Market-Based Cash Balance Plan from TA 1 and the associated FAE cap increases that were part of our legacy pension plan. This podcast serves as an educational piece. The MEC tasked the R&I Committee to educate the crewforce on retirement options available to pilots. This episode will offer information on what was offered in TA 1. 

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Fly By Night: R&I Education (Ep. 1) December 2023

By Fly by Night, Podcasts

In this episode of our podcast, we talk with R&I Committee Chair Captain Kevin Biggins and R&I Committee Member First Officer James Olsen. This is the first episode in a series that will focus on R&I. Kevin and James discuss the goals of the R&I Education Series and some of the topics they cover throughout the series. They explain that the education series will dive deeper into various retirement topics, providing pilots with a comprehensive overview of their retirement options available. In this episode, Kevin and James start out discussing our current retirement plans, along with their strengths and weaknesses. You can expect more episodes in the future regarding R&I education. 

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Fly By Night: Scope Education December 2023

By Fly by Night, Podcasts

In this episode of our podcast, we talk with Scope Committee Chair Captain Randy Brockwell. This is the first episode in a series that will focus on scope. Randy provides an overview of what’s covered under Section 1 (Recognition, Scope and Successorship) of the CBA. He discusses current scope provisions regarding aircraft that can be operated by pilots outside of the master seniority list, how wet leasing works, and the penalties associated with wet leasing. Additionally, Randy addresses belly freight and what our CBA says about this type of freight.  You can expect more episodes in the future regarding scope education. 

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Fly By Night: Scheduling Committee December 2023 Build

By Fly by Night, Podcasts

In this episode of our podcast, we talk with Scheduling Committee Chair Captain Marty Harrington and A-300 PSIT and Secondary Line Replacement Working Group (SLRWG) member Captain Mike Davidson. Marty and Mike discuss the December build week, one-way routing, and what days are likely to be the busiest for December. They also discuss some of the recent DARTs they’ve received and go into detail about the Secondary Line Replacement Working Group. 

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Fly By Night: R&I Committee Replay October 2023

By Fly by Night, Podcasts

This episode of our podcast is an edited replay of our August podcast with R&I Committee Chair Captain Kevin Biggins discussing the Annual Benefits Enrollment window for 2024. We’ve edited the podcast by removing dates and events that have already passed.

As a reminder, Benefits Enrollment is now open and will remain open through October 25th.

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Fly By Night: Scheduling Committee November 2023 Build

By Fly by Night, Podcasts

In this episode of our podcast, we talk with Scheduling Committee Chair Captain Marty Harrington. Marty discusses what’s new with the November build week and the recent SIG Quarterly and Fatigue Risk Management Group Quarterly meetings. Additionally, Marty highlights the Scheduling Matters articles available on our website that provide useful information related to scheduling. Finally, Marty discusses some of the recent emails their committee has received from pilots.

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Fly By Night: Grievance Committee September 2023 Update

By Fly by Night, Podcasts

In this podcast episode, we talk with Grievance Committee Chair Captain Chris Wood. Chris discusses the grievance process, with particular focus on the administrative side of grievances. He also discusses the recent settlement agreement for Grievance 22-08 and where you find more information on this settlement agreement. Finally, Chris discusses the importance of contacting our Professional Standards Committee first whenever there is a conflict between crew members. Our Professional Standards Committee members are trained for conflict resolution and can assist crew members before something potentially escalates.

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Fly By Night: Scheduling Committee October 2023 Build

By Fly by Night, Podcasts

In this episode of our podcast, we talk with Scheduling Committee Chair Captain Marty Harrington. Marty discusses what’s new with the October build week, the production of the SIG Notes, 4.A.2.b./4.A.2.c., and the SIG Quarterly. Additionally, Marty discusses trends in credit hours, extra pairings, and asks for feedback on whether you like receiving this type of scheduling information via the podcast format.

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Fly By Night: Strike Authorization Vote

By Fly by Night, Podcasts

In this episode of our podcast, we talk with MEC Vice Chair First Officer Tom Merrill and MEC Executive Administrator First Officer Brian Baldwin. Tom and Brian discuss the MEC’s resolution authorizing the MEC Chair to call for a strike authorization vote and provide background information leading up to this decision. They discuss what a strike authorization vote means and the importance of every pilot participating in the process and continuing to remain engaged. 

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Fly By Night: Council 22 Chair/Block 2 Representative Capt. Tony Cutler

By Fly by Night, Podcasts

In this episode of our podcast, we talk with Council 22 Chair and Block 2 Representative, Captain Tony Cutler. Tony discusses his background prior to joining FedEx and his previous union experience. Tony also discusses his role as a member of the MEC and what fellow pilots can do as we continue in Section 6 negotiations.

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Fly By Night: RLA Process January 2023

By Fly by Night, Podcasts

In this episode of our podcast, we talk with MEC Vice Chair First Officer Tom Merrill and MEC Executive Administrator First Officer Brian Baldwin. Tom and Brian discuss the RLA process and where we’re currently at in that process. They expound on the expedited  mediation concept and explain what comes next in the process. 

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Fly By Night: DAL MEC Replay “Lawyers, Guns, & Money

By Fly by Night, Podcasts

In this episode of our podcast, we are replaying the Delta MEC podcast titled Lawyers, Guns, & Money which was initially released on June 22, 2022. In this podcast First Officer Ryan Argenta, Delta Engage podcast host and Delta MEC Communications Committee Member, and Marcus Migliore, ALPA General Council and Director, Legal Department discuss the implications of the Railway Labor Act (RLA) on Section 6 negotiations and how pilot-coordinated self-help actions can adversely derail progress at the table. 

Fly By Night: Trip Services Committee November 2022 Update

By Fly by Night, Podcasts

In this episode of our podcast, we talk with the Trip Services Committee Chair Captain Jay Owen and Trip Services Committee Vice Chair Captain Don Unwin. Jay and Don discuss how they became involved in union work, their committee’s goal when serving the FedEx pilots and outline some of the processes involved with hotel and catering issues. Additionally, they discuss what pilots can do to assist their committee’s purpose.

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Fly By Night: Bereavement Committee – October 2022

By Fly by Night, Podcasts

In this episode of our podcast, we talk with Bereavement Committee Chair Captain Craig Aber and Bereavement Committee Vice Chair First Officer Jim Coletti. Craig and Jim discuss how they became involved in union work and the various ways the Bereavement Committee helps fellow pilots. They discuss the importance of familiarizing yourself with the Survivor’s Guide and designating a Casualty Assistant Liaison (CAL).     

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Fly By Night: SPSC Update, June 2022 / Informational Picketing

By Fly by Night, Podcasts

In this episode of our podcast, we talk with Strategic Preparedness and Strike Committee (SPSC) Chair, First Officer Eric Moraes. Eric discusses recent SPSC and Family Awareness co-branded events. He also discusses the upcoming Pilot Rally and Informational Picketing on June 28th in Memphis. Finally, Eric provides details on how to RSVP and the importance of having pilots show up and be counted.

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Fly By Night: Negotiating Committee – Nearing the End of the Protocol Agreement

By Fly by Night, Podcasts

In this episode of our podcast, we talk with Negotiating Committee Chair Captain Pat May and Negotiating Committee Member Captain Rich Brown. Pat and Rich discuss approaching the end of the protocol agreement goal of reaching a TA by the end of May. They discuss where we are now and what happens next. They provide a negotiations update and discuss what they have been working on in recent negotiating sessions, the upcoming Informational Picketing, and the importance of pilot unity and pilots showing up to support the Negotiating Committee.

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Fly By Night: Negotiating Committee May 2022

By Fly by Night, Podcasts

In this episode of our podcast, we talk with Negotiating Committee Chair Captain Pat May and Negotiating Committee Member Captain Rich Brown. Pat and Rich discuss other agreements that have been negotiated such as the Hong Kong base closure MOU and an updated Medical Measures MOU all while continuing with the larger Section 6 negotiations. They discuss what is similar and what’s different in the new Medical Measures MOU and other details related to this MOU. 

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Fly By Night: MEC Officer Update, March 2022

By Fly by Night, Podcasts

In this episode of our podcast, we talk with MEC Chair Captain Chris Norman, MEC Vice Chair First Officer Tom Merrill and MEC Secretary Treasurer First Officer Don Loepke. The MEC officers discuss their union experience and background prior to joining FedEx. They also provide an update regarding current issues and how they view their role as MEC officers versus their prior positions as MEC representatives. Finally, they provide an update regarding negotiations and what every pilot can do to support the Negotiating Committee.

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Fly By Night: Council 7 Vice Chair/Block 4 Representative Anita Shew

By Fly by Night, Podcasts

In this episode of our podcast, we talk with Council 7 Vice Chair and Block 4 Representative, First Officer Anita Shew. Anita discusses her background prior to joining FedEx, her previous union experience and explains what pushed her to get involved with FDX ALPA union work. Anita also discusses her role as a member of the MEC and addresses the challenges of MEC turnover. Finally, she discusses Contract 2021, what pilots can do to support the Negotiating Committee, and provides final thoughts related to other topics.

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Fly By Night: Council 500 Chair/Block 14 Representative Tim Fingers

By Fly by Night, Podcasts

In this episode of our podcast, we talk with Council 500 Chair and Block 14 Representative, Captain Tim Fingers. Tim discusses his background before joining FedEx, why he chose to get involved with union work, and how he views his role as a member of the MEC. He also discusses Contract 2021, the line pilot’s role during negotiations, and some of the current issues happening in the Indy base.

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Fly By Night: Security Committee, September 2021

By Fly by Night, Podcasts

In this episode of our podcast, we talk with Captain Bill Schild, Security Committee Chair, about the roles and responsibilities of the Security Committee. Bill also discusses his background and who makes up the Security Committee for FDX ALPA. He explains the Security Committee’s coordination with FedEx’s Aviation Security Department and current initiatives that pilots can get involved in to help the Security Committee.

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Fly By Night: Strategic Preparedness & Strike Committee (SPSC)

By Fly by Night, Podcasts, Uncategorized

In this episode of our podcast, we talk with First Officer Eric Moraes, SPSC Chair, who discusses his committee’s mission regarding the MEC’s strategic plan and the role SPSC plays during contract negotiations. He also discusses the importance of continuing to be engaged, seeking factual information. Additionally, Eric emphasizes how actively participating and volunteering are critical during contract negotiations. The SPSC is currently seeking volunteers to assist in one of the many tasks associated with the planning of SPSC events.

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Fly by Night: LEC 26 Vice Chair/Block 11 Representative Nick Bolander

By Fly by Night, Podcasts

In this episode of our podcast, we talk with Council 26 Vice Chair and Block 11 Representative, Captain Nick Bolander. Nick discusses his position as Block 11 Representative, Contract 2021 Negotiations, the importance of pilots being engaged and informed, and the Company’s proposals to date during negotiations. He also discusses the importance of having accurate and updated contact information with ALPA and the importance of unity during contract negotiations. 

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Fly By Night: Retirement & Insurance Committee, August 2021

By Fly by Night, Podcasts

In this episode of our podcast, we talk with Retirement & Insurance (R&I) Chair Captain Kevin Biggins who discusses his background and union experience, the makeup of the R&I Committee to include the roles and responsibilities of the R&I Committee. He also discusses the upcoming benefits open enrollment dates and other enrollment deadlines, including a new law that might impact any FedEx pilot who lives in the state of Washington. Finally, he discusses his committee’s involvement with the Negotiating Committee during Contract 2021 negotiations and the best way to contact the R&I Committee.

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Fly By Night: MEC Chairman August 2021 Update

By Fly by Night, Podcasts

In this episode of our podcast, we talk with Captain Dave Chase, MEC Chair who discusses the delays and difficulties our pilots face due to flight operations and COVID, the Delta variant and the importance of testing especially on international flights, upcoming Family Awareness events in Anchorage, Indianapolis and Memphis, where to find information on the state of our current negotiations, and his recent resignation announcement.  

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Fly By Night: Fatigue

By Fly by Night, Podcasts

In this episode of our podcast, we talk with Captain Dave Chase, MEC Chairman, Captain Rich Hughey, Safety Committee Chairman, Captain Marty Harrington, Scheduling Committee Chairman and Captain Rob Bassett, Fatigue Risk Management Committee Chairman who discuss the issue of fatigue, contractual language regarding fatigue, the risk fatigue poses to our operations and our pilots, how system form is flown day to day compared to the CBA, what happens when you call in fatigued, the trip removal process and other fatigue related topics.  

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Fly By Night: Safety Committee

By Fly by Night, Podcasts

In this episode of our podcast, we talk with Captain Rich Hughey, Safety Committee Chairman, Captain Steve Heid, Safety Committee Vice Chairman and Captain Jim Perry, Safety Committee Vice Chairman who discuss the roles and responsibilities of the Safety Committee, Safety Programs, the System Safety Group, the Safety Program Group, mitigating risks, the COVID Safety Working Group, the importance of pilot reports, and how distractions can impact safety.

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Fly By Night: LEC 79 Chairman / Block 9 Representative Bob Cecchi

By Fly by Night, Podcasts

In this episode of our podcast, we talk with Council 79 Chairman and Block 9 Representative, Captain Bob Cecchi. Bob discusses his background, his union experience, volunteerism, his role as MEC Representative to the Anchorage based pilots, the pilots’ role during contract negotiations, and the growth of the Anchorage base. 

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Fly By Night: The SIG & PSIT

By Fly by Night, Podcasts

In this episode of our podcast, we talk with Captain Marty Harrington, Scheduling Committee Chairman who discusses his background, the roles and responsibilities of his committee to include the Scheduling Improvement Group (SIG) and the Pilot Scheduling Improvement Team (PSIT), the bidpack build process, the challenges of this last year and how the pandemic has impacted scheduling, the new sunrise sort, and manning. 

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Fly By Night: Professional Standards Committee

By Fly by Night, Podcasts

In this episode of our podcast, we talk with Captain Mark Jefferson, Professional Standards Committee Chairman who discusses his background, pilot volunteers on the committee, what Professional Standards does for the pilots, the Professional Standards Letter of Agreement (LOA), how and why pilots come to Professional Standards, what Professional Standards does not do, how to handle a conflict, and the importance of solidarity and participation in organized labor.  

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Fly By Night: Negotiating Committee Introduction

By Fly by Night, Podcasts

In this episode of our podcast, we talk with Negotiating Committee Chairman, Captain Pat May, Negotiating Committee Member, Captain Mike Weskalnies, and Negotiating Committee Member, Captain Rich Brown. They discuss their background on the Negotiating Committee, their experience negotiating agreements with the Company, the topic of professional negotiators, what pilots can expect and how they can help as we move into bargaining for Contract 2021.  

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Fly By Night: MEC Officer November 2020 Update

By Fly by Night, Podcasts

In this episode of our podcast, we talk with MEC Chairman, Captain Dave Chase, MEC Vice Chairman, Captain Bill Hubbell, and MEC Secretary/Treasurer, First Officer Don Loepke. They discuss the current uptick in COVID positive cases within the pilot group, flight operations as it is associated with the COVID pandemic, the Everbridge App and Crew Member Health Monitoring Form, COVID Protocols, Hong Kong layovers returning in the December bid pack, and peak operations.  

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Fly By Night: 2020 Annual Benefits Enrollment

By Fly by Night, Podcasts

In the episode of our podcast, we talk with Captain Ben Douglas, R&I Committee Chairman about the Annual Benefits Enrollment period that is now open. Ben discusses the enrollment period dates, what elections the pilots are allowed to make during this enrollment period, what happens if you don’t make any elections, and the new fedexpilots.bswift.com website associated with the annual benefits enrollment period.

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Fly By Night: LEC 100 Chairman / Block 12 Representative Mark Vaughan

By Fly by Night, Podcasts

In this episode of our podcast, we talk with Council 100 Chairman and Block 12 Representative, First Officer Mark Vaughan. Mark discusses his background, his motivation for becoming a MEC Representative, his role as MEC Representative to the Los Angeles based pilots, the pilots’ role as we go into negotiations, the importance of pilot participation including the ongoing survey, and preparations for Contract 2021.   

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Fly By Night: MEC Officer September 2020 Update

By Fly by Night, Podcasts

In this episode of our podcast, we talk with MEC Chairman, Captain Dave Chase, MEC Vice Chairman, Captain Bill Hubbell, and MEC Secretary/Treasurer, First Officer Don Loepke. They provide an update on the current work within the Association, discuss virtual Pilot Unity Building (PUB) Events, the upcoming online survey, and the importance of participation as we prepare for contract 2021. 

Retirement Education Series: Episode 7

By Fly by Night, Podcasts, Retirement Education

In podcast 7 of the Retirement Education Series Captain Pat May (Negotiating Committee Chairman), Captain Rich Brown (Negotiating Committee Member), Captain Ben Douglas (Retirement & Insurance Committee Chairman) and Captain Kevin Biggins (Retirement & Insurance Committee Vice Chairman) discuss the goals of the Retirement Education Series, the pros and cons of DC-only plans, flat dollar formulas, improving the benefits in our current defined benefit plan and the proposed PSPP plan. Our team of SMEs also discuss our retirement negotiating history, a cash balance plan and preparations for contract 2021. 

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Retirement Education Series: Episode 6

By Fly by Night, Podcasts, Retirement Education

In podcast 6 of the Retirement Education Series Captain Pat May (Negotiating Committee Chairman), Captain Rich Brown (Negotiating Committee Member), and Captain Ben Douglas (Retirement & Insurance Chairman) discuss an alternative pension plan design that was presented to FedEx in 2018.  Our team of SME’s discuss how we arrived at the Pilot Stabilized Pension Plan (PSPP), the plan design, potential features, accrual, and funding requirements.

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Retirement Education Series: Episode 5

By Fly by Night, Podcasts, Retirement Education

In episode 5 of the Retirement Education Series Captain Pat May (Negotiating Committee Chairman), Captain Rich Brown (Negotiating Committee Member), Captain Ben Douglas (Retirement & Insurance Chairman), and Captain Kevin Biggins (Retirement & Insurance Vice Chairman) discuss defined contribution plans, the advantages and disadvantages of defined contribution plans, IRS limits in defined contribution plans and a defined benefit plan that has the characteristics of a defined contribution plan called a cash balance plan.

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Retirement Education Series: Episode 4

By Fly by Night, Podcasts, Retirement Education

In episode 4 of our Retirement Education Series podcast, we talk with Captain Pat May (Negotiating Committee Chairman), Captain Ben Douglas (Retirement & Insurance Chairman), and Captain Kevin Biggins (Retirement & Insurance Vice Chairman).They discuss economic and non-economic risk that is associated with both a DC and a DB plan. They discuss inflation risk, longevity risk, investment risk and bankruptcy risk.

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Fly By Night: LEC 22 Secretary Treasurer/ Block 7 Representative Brian Wald

By Fly by Night, Podcasts

In this episode of our podcast, we talk with Council 22 Secretary-Treasurer and Block 7 Representative, First Officer Brian Wald. Brian discusses his background, his union experience, his motivation for becoming a MEC Representative, volunteerism, the pilots’ role as we go into negotiations, the upcoming online survey this fall and the importance of pilot participation, the COVID pandemic, preparations for Contract 2021, and the understanding that We Are ALPA.

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Retirement Education Series: Episode 3

By Fly by Night, Podcasts, Retirement Education

In Episode 3 of our Retirement Education Series podcast, we talk with Captain Ben Douglas, R&I Committee Chairman and Captain Rich Brown, Negotiating Committee Member. They discuss the history of the defined benefit and defined contribution plans at FedEx and the advantages and disadvantages of the defined benefit and defined contribution plans.

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Retirement Education Series: Episode 2

By Fly by Night, Podcasts, Retirement Education

In Episode 2 of our Retirement Education Series podcast, we talk with Captain Ben Douglas, R&I Committee Chairman and Captain Rich Brown, Negotiating Committee Member. They discuss qualified and non-qualified plans, what qualified and non-qualified plans we have and the formulas associated with our defined benefit and defined contribution plans.

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Fly By Night: LEC 7 Secretary Treasurer/Block 8 Representative Nick Bolander

By Fly by Night, Podcasts

In this episode of our podcast, we talk with Council 7 Secretary-Treasurer and Block 8 Representative, Captain Nick Bolander. Nick provides an update on preparations for Contract 2021 during the COVID pandemic. He also discuss the pilots’ role in Section 6 negotiations, recent union wins, the online web-based survey coming in the fall, pilot participation, “My Union Speaks for Me” and pilot unity.

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Fly By Night: MEC Officer Update

By Fly by Night, Podcasts

In this episode of our podcast, we talk with MEC Chairman Captain Dave Chase, MEC Vice Chairman Captain Bill Hubbell, and MEC Secretary/Treasurer First Officer Don Loepke. They provide an update on the coronavirus and its impact on flight operations, discuss coronavirus testing sites, business necessity jumpseats, issues with the Crew Travel desk, results of our latest phone survey, and preparations for contract 2021. 

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Retirement Education Series: Episode 1

By Fly by Night, Podcasts, Retirement Education

In Episode 1 of our Retirement Education Series podcast, we talk with Captain Ben Douglas, R&I Committee Chairman and Captain Rich Brown, Negotiating Committee Member. They discuss the retirement education series, why we are talking about retirement now, different types of retirement plans to include defined benefit plans and defined contribution plans. 

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Fly By Night: MEC Vice Chairman, Captain Bill Hubbell

By Fly by Night, Podcasts

In this episode of our podcast, we talk with MEC Vice Chairman Captain Bill Hubbell.  Bill discusses his first days in office as MEC Vice Chairman, his background at FedEx and previous union experience, his previous role on the Coronavirus response team, his current role as MEC Vice Chairman, preparations for Contract 2021, and volunteerism.

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Fly By Night: Captain Dave Chase, MEC Chairman

By Fly by Night, Podcasts

In this episode of our podcast, we talk with MEC Chairman Captain Dave Chase. Today marks Dave’s first day in office as MEC Chairman. Dave discusses his role as he moves from Vice Chairman to Chairman, challenges and opportunities, operating during the coronavirus pandemic, preparations for Contract 2021, the ongoing phone survey and upcoming retirement education.

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Fly By Night: COVID-19 Episode 2

By Fly by Night, Podcasts

In this episode of our podcast, we talk with MEC Vice Chairman Captain Dave Chase. Dave discusses PDR question trends related to the coronavirus pandemic, creating working groups with the Company to help resolve issues, PPE (personal protective equipment) availability, social distancing, aircraft cleaning, training in this current environment, training building protections, different country testing procedures and COVID-19 testing. 

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Fly By Night: COVID-19

By Fly by Night, Podcasts

In this episode of our podcast, we talk with MEC Chairman Captain Pete Harmon, MEC Vice-Chairman Captain Dave Chase, and Negotiating Committee Chairman Captain Pat May. Throughout this podcast, they discuss the coronavirus pandemic, the recently released China Flying OIM (Ongoing Implementation Measure), the importance of submitting PDRs, transit hotels, hotel confinement, fatiguing flight sequences, jumpseating and other issues related to the flight operations during the coronavirus pandemic. 

Fly By Night: Section 24 OIM

By Fly by Night, Podcasts

In this episode of our podcast, we talk with Captain Pat May, Negotiating Committee Chairman and Captain Rich Brown, Negotiating Committee Member. They discuss the recently released Negotiating Committee communication regarding the Section 24 OIM (Ongoing Implementation Measure). Throughout this podcast they discuss why we have OIMs, the OIM process, highlights of this particular Section 24 OIM, what changed for FDA pilots, the difference between a notional and an actual award, the Micro System Bid and some new terminology. 

Fly By Night: Training Committee

By Fly by Night, Podcasts

In this episode of our podcast, we talk with Captain Walt Owen, Training Committee Chairman. Walt discusses his background, his union experience, the role of the Training Committee, the Training Review Board (TRB), the Enhanced Oversight Program (EOP), the Proficiency Enhancement Partnership Program (PEPP) and the importance of providing feedback in the training environment.

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Fly By Night: Membership

By Fly by Night, Podcasts

In this episode of our podcast we talk with Captain Vic Tansey, Membership Committee Chairman. Vic discusses his background, his lengthy union experience, pilot hiring, the retiree recognition program, the pilot mentoring program, volunteerism and unionism.

Fly By Night: Retirement & Insurance

By Fly by Night, Podcasts

In this episode of our podcast, we talk with Captain Ben Douglas, Retirement & Insurance Committee Chairman, who discusses his background, the pilot volunteers and ALPA staff on his committee, Retirement Seminars, recent changes to our pharmacy benefit, annual benefit enrollment dates, and the Pilot Retirement Savings Plan (PRSP).

Quality of Life Initiative: Pilot Data Report (PDR)

By News, Quality of Life

Pilot Data Report (PDR)

We understand the importance of open communication between you and your union and we are always working to advance the way we interact with our members. We are excited to tell you about a new addition to our Quality of Life Initiative, an online tool called Pilot Data Report (PDR). The PDR is a web-based system accessible from your desktop, smartphone or tablet with identifying information, drop-down menu categories, a comment box and a place to attach supporting documents. Once logged in, the system will populate much of your information such as name, employee number, seat position and aircraft. When you make your selection in the drop-down menu, the system will send your report to the appropriate committee or resource within the union for action.

It is our hope that the PDR will become a useful and convenient place for you to communicate with your union on a variety of topics. Should you experience any problems on the line or simply just want to communicate with us, click anywhere you see the PDR logo to access the system and fill out a report. You can also find the PDR here and bookmark the web address. 

As we get more and more reports from you, the PDR will allow us to track problem areas and trends that are occurring or reoccurring. This is just one more tool in the toolbox to enhance our working quality of life while enhancing our communications.  

Our goal is to always find better ways to hear from you. While this new system has been tested extensively prior to its launch, we will continue to make any tweaks necessary to improve this process.  

Please keep in mind, the user experience will improve with higher participation rates, so please utilize the PDR system. Your feedback is greatly appreciated.

Quality of Life Initiative: Secondary Line Generator

By News, Quality of Life

Secondary Line Generator

In a recent Quality of Life communication we briefly touched on the secondary line system and we would now like to expand on this topic.

In an effort to clear up a misconception that some pilots seem to have, the current secondary line system fiasco many of you are now experiencing belongs to the Company. Due to the current chaos surrounding the “upgrade” and its results, one could well imagine the Company would like our pilots to believe otherwise.

We were only allowed to beta test the system for the Company and provide input. During that testing we discovered and relayed to the Company that the system was fraught with programming issues. We felt it was imperative that the Company provide pilots with, at a minimum, a clear user guide to include a list of definitions. After it was turned on for the HKG, LAX and IND bases, we recommended that any outstanding issues be worked out before the system was rolled out to additional bases. Our recommendation was discounted and the rollout continued. The upgrade was simply not ready for systemwide implementation.

Obviously, the Company felt otherwise.

Although the Company may not be violating any CBA provisions, it has certainly not garnered the enthusiasm they wanted and needed. It is simply not ready. As pilots, we like to know the rules, but how can we know those rules when the Company refuses to provide any guidance or take any ownership? This product and the lack of a helpful user guide would never pass muster or quality control if FedEx was offering it to its clients and consumers. We ought to expect the same ‘professional’ treatment as our quality of life depends greatly on the schedules that come from systems such as this.

In the absence of a user guide from the Company, we are providing you with the attached Guerrilla Guide to the Secondary Line System. As we move into Peak, this is our attempt to provide you with some helpful guidance as to how we understand some features of the current upgrade. We are doing it to fill an obvious void created by the Company. Hopefully, in the future, the Company will stop ignoring the chaos this upgrade has created and at least provide all of us, at a minimum, a detailed and in-depth Company user guide for its own upgrade. We are standing by.

Quality of Life Initiative: Insurance

By News, Quality of Life

Company Reports: FedEx’s Rebate System

As part of our Quality of Life Initiative, we would like to highlight a couple of benefits that we believe you should consider during this open enrollment period. Please note, the annual open enrollment period for FedEx benefits opened on October 18, 2018, and runs through November 1, 2018.

FDX MEC Long-Term Disability: Special Enrollment Period, November 1-December 31, 2018
We have negotiated a substantial reduction in premium costs, which complements and greatly enhances the total long-term disability (LTD) package offered by the corporation and the union. This plan provides 17 percent of pre-disability income, and that benefit is not subject to federal income tax or most state income tax as well. During the special enrollment period, Evidence of Insurability (EOI) is NOT REQUIRED with proof of an approved FAA physical.

ALPA Critical Illness & Accident Insurance: Year-Round Enrollment Begins November 1, 2018
Critical Illness and Accident Insurance are two separate plans that provide a cash benefit payout that when used with the wellness benefit, can reduce your payments to little or nothing. For example, if you are married with two children, elect Accident Insurance, and obtain the max wellness credit (by submitting an annual wellness exam for you and each covered dependent), your monthly premium would be $5.24 a month.

Yes, we know this sounds too good to be true but please reach out to the R&I Committee (901-752-8749 or FedEx-R&IChair@alpa.org) for further details.

There are multiple covered accidents that qualify for benefits under this plan. For example, if you have an emergency room visit, the plan will pay you $300. If a covered participant fractures their leg, the cash payout would be between $2,500 and $5,000.

A s you can see, we believe these benefits will greatly enhance your quality of life. For more information, please see this recent communication, which provides more detail, or call the FedEx ALPA office at 901-752-8749 and ask to speak with a benefits specialist.

Quality of Life Initiative: Company Reports

By News, Quality of Life

Company Reports: FedEx’s Rebate System

You hear us say this all the time, “no data, no problem.” The Company has created a system where we have to fill out time-consuming reports and forms to validate what we know to be a problem.

Is there any doubt when ground transportation does not show up on time or does not show up at all? Is there any doubt when a pairing has unrealistic times associated with it, either the leg itself or the turn? What about trips that were diverted, revised, or a million other things the Company altered that caused a problem?

But yet, we still have to fill out a report to prove there was a problem. Remember, “no data, no problem.”

The Company has built a system of reports and forms so that we can let them know when there is a problem. Yet, time and time again after we do, nothing gets changed. We often hear from pilots that a report was filled out, but they never heard anything back or received any feedback.

Why do these reports and forms have to be excessively difficult to complete? Why do they have to be confusing and inconvenient? This picture comes to mind for some when filling out Company reports.

Company reports are the equivalent to a retail store’s rebate system. Why do stores provide rebates instead of just putting an item on sale? If we are purchasing a $1,000 pool table and the store has a rebate for $200, why doesn’t the store just sell the pool table for $800 in the first place?

Here’s why. Up to 60% of all rebates are never redeemed. These businesses know that only a certain percentage of people are going to take the time to go through what is typically an inconvenient, sometimes complicated, time-consuming task required to accomplish the rebate process. The result is the store is able to keep their price point for the pool table high (it remains a $1,000 product) and only refund those customers who successfully completed the rebate procedure.

Let’s compare this to filling out a Company report. Frankly, the Company knows that a certain number of pilots are just not going to take the time to fill out these reports. Let’s say that eliminates 60% of the pilots. That leaves 40% who might actually take the time to fill out the report. The pilot actually tries to go to PFC to fill out the Company report and experiences a technical issue; the PFC website is down, you can’t get a computer to work in AOC or you attempt to fill out the report multiple times only to get kicked out of the system each time. How often have those failures happened lately? Well, that just eliminates more pilots; let’s say another 10%. Now out of the 30% of pilots who are left, some realize the reports are too complicated or time consuming and 10% more give up. You can see that now there are only a small percentage of pilots left who are actually successful in filling out these reports to notify the Company of a problem.

As a result, the Company can make claims like we don’t have any Insite reports or only 20% of pilots have this or that issue. Then they can also make claims that they have industry-leading programs that might not be so industry leading.

Again, “no data, no problem.”

Please don’t let these complications we write about above deter or stop you from filling out these reports as these are the games we have to play to try and improve our quality of life. When you are successful, we ask that you send us a copy.

Send copies or screenshots to:
Insite@alpa.org
FatigueReport@alpa.org

Quality of Life Initiative: Chasing Class of Service

By News, Quality of Life

Chasing Class of Service

Have you flown economy class lately on a deadhead that exceeded 5 scheduled block hours? How about on a deadhead with 10 or more scheduled block hours?

Have you noticed that when a higher class of service is authorized for your trip the Company delays and purchases your ticket much later, which oftentimes causes you to be waitlisted for the higher-class ticket?

These are more examples of the games the Company plays with our quality of life. Efficiency gains for the Company always trump a pilot’s quality of life.

Due to Company shenanigans when booking our deadhead tickets, we are forced to spend a lot of our time—time for which we are not paid—searching for the correct class of service. All it would take is for the Company to do the right thing and book our deadheads early and at the correct class of service before the only available seats left to book are economy class. When a higher class of service is contractually mandated, the Company should simply purchase your deadhead tickets without delay.

Additionally, there would be no reason to waitlist us if the Company did not wait to list us in the first place.

Have you ever asked the Company why our deadheads are sometimes in economy instead of a higher class of service in accordance with the CBA? And then received the following response: “We do not chase class of service.

This article poses many questions, but the biggest question we would like to ask you is this: Do you think the Company chases class of service downward to economy when booking our deadheads?

So do we.