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Fly by Night

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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).