Release #05.FDX5
August 2, 2005

FedEx Pilots to Conduct Informational Picketing in Anchorage

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Now in their 17th month of contract negotiations, FedEx pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), will conduct informational picketing on Thursday, August 4, at the entrance to the FedEx sorting facility in Anchorage to show their continuing frustration with the slow pace of talks. The pilots--more than 250 of whom are based in Anchorage--have been working without a new contract for more than a year.

“Our pilots are growing increasingly frustrated with management’s lack of effort at the negotiating table at a time when FedEx continues to see record profits and management continues to reward themselves with generous bonuses,” said Captain David Webb, chairman of the FedEx unit of ALPA. “It appears that management has little interest in seriously discussing the issues our pilots have overwhelmingly told us through five years of continuous polling that they want addressed in these negotiations.”

What: FedEx pilots conducting informational picketing

When: Thursday, August 4, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. AKDT

Where: FedEx sorting facility at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, corner of Postmark Drive and Rockwell Avenue

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

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ALPA Contact: Scott Sherrin, (901) 842-2220
On-site Contact: First Officer Wes Reed, (817) 821-9279