FedEx Pilots Hold Demonstration To Express Frustration

04th Jul 2022

Hundreds of FedEx Express pilots, fellow crew members, and supporters held an informational picket in front of the FedEx Express Air Operations Center to express frustration over the lack of a new pilot employment contract. FedEx pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), have been negotiating for a new contract since May 2021 with several significant outstanding issues.

“Throughout the pandemic, while many were shutting down and working virtually, FedEx pilots were flying across the globe keeping the world economy intact. We have earned an industry-leading contract through these remarkable efforts and now is the time for FedEx to deliver,” said Capt. Chris Norman, chair of the FedEx ALPA Master Executive Council.

Armed with picket signs stating, “When the World Shut Down, FedEx Pilots Delivered,” hundreds of pilots stood together to send a strong, unified message to the negotiators on the other side of the table: Now is the time to resolve outstanding items and reach an industry-leading pilot contract. The parties originally entered focused negotiations with a mutually agreed to goal of reaching a new agreement by the end of May 2022—a date that has long passed.

“Several quality-of-life issues in our contract need to be resolved immediately. FedEx pilots have a proven track record of excellence, dedication, and unparalleled performance, and we deliver on the company’s ‘Purple Promise’ each day—and we need management to deliver a new pilot contract now,” added Norman.

ALPA president and former FedEx pilot group leader Capt. Joe DePete, added the following, “FedEx pilots exceeded all expectations during the pandemic and have more than earned an industry-leading agreement,” said DePete. “Our pilots have been delivering the world on time for years, now it is time for the company to recognize it.”

Founded in 1931, ALPA is the largest airline pilot union in the world and represents more than 65,000 pilots at 40 U.S. and Canadian airlines.

Source: ALPA Press Release

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