Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Contract negotiations begin for FedEx pilots

by B. N. Sullivan

ALPA logoThe Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), which represents the pilots at FedEx Express, announced today that contract negotiations have begun between the union and FedEx management.

The ALPA FedEx MEC said in a statement to the press that the pilots "are prepared for a focused bargaining on a limited number of significant issues."
Unlike the prolonged bargaining which produced contracts ratified in 1999 and 2006, ALPA expects a much more timely process.

“Our leadership team believes that our last contract negotiation took far too long to conclude. We fully expect that with the cooperation of FedEx Express management and the resolve of our pilot group, we will reach a deal that will be beneficial to us and the company. The bargaining of contracts over years instead of months is a broken model which is beneficial to neither side,” said Captain Scott Stratton, chairman of the ALPA unit at FedEx.
This will be the FedEx pilots' third collectively bargained contract.