June 22, 2005
FedEx Pilots to Hold Demonstration in Support of Contract Negotiations
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- To show their frustration with the slow pace of ongoing contract negotiations and their unified support of the union Negotiating Committee, FedEx pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l. (ALPA), will hold a Negotiations Unity Demonstration in Memphis on Thursday, June 23. The pilots have been working without a new contract for more than a year.
“After 15 months of negotiations with FedEx, our pilots are growing increasingly frustrated with management’s inability to seriously address our issues at the negotiating table,” said Captain David Webb, chairman of the FedEx unit of ALPA. “Management needs to understand that making below-inflation pay rate offers that don’t address the cornerstone issues our pilots have said are critical in this contract--work rules, job security, retirement security, and health care--is not the way to successfully conclude these negotiations.”
What: FedEx pilots Negotiations Unity Demonstration
When: Thursday, June 23, 2005, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. CDT
Where: ALPA representatives will be available for media interviews outside the FedEx Express Air Operations Center building, 3131 Democrat Road, Memphis
Day and night and 365 days a year, the 4,300 professional FedEx pilots--representing the air division of the FedEx brand and helping generate nearly two-thirds of FedEx Corporation’s annual revenue--fly to cities on five continents, making FedEx among the largest and most profitable airlines by any measure. Founded in 1931, ALPA represents 64,000 pilots at 41 airlines in the U.S. and Canada. Visit the ALPA website at http://www.alpa.org.
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ALPA Contact: Scott Sherrin, (901) 842-2220 or (901) 409-0325