FedEx MEC Highlights Fourth-Quarter Meeting Initiatives
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- October 22, 2013
The FDX Master Executive Council (MEC) of the Air Line Pilots Association,
Int’l (ALPA), recently concluded its fourth-quarter MEC meeting in Memphis,
Tenn. The main focus was a continuation of discussions related to obtaining a
new collective bargaining agreement.
While bargaining was the key agenda item, the MEC focused extensively on two
items of particular relevance to the FedEx pilots. The MEC expressed its
support of National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Chairman Deborah
Hersman and also recommended that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
initiate NextGen rule-making activities in a timely manner to prevent further
delay of NextGen becoming operational.
The FDX MEC is fully aware of the staunch advocate NTSB Chairman Deborah
Hersman has been of cargo pilot–related issues such as the carriage of lithium
batteries as well as the inclusion of all-cargo carriers in the newly advanced
Federal Aviation Regulation (FAR) Part 117. “Our position has always been that
fatigue is not unique to passenger-carrying pilots, and Chairman Hersman has
strongly stood in defense of that position,” said FDX MEC chairman Captain
Scott Stratton. “We join the Independent Pilots Association who represent our
fellow all-cargo carrier pilots of United Parcel Service [UPS] in support of
Chairman Hersman and her commitment to better the U.S. transportation system
and her continued call for one level of safety.” The FDX MEC unanimously
passed a resolution in support of Chairman Hersman (Resolution 13-33).
The MEC closed its work with a discussion in support of NextGen technology.
NextGen is the transformation of how airplanes traverse the sky. The use of
this technology is an upgrade from airplanes flying indirect routes over radar
towers to satellite-based technology. “The use of this technology is key in
the advancement of state-of-the-art air transportation system. By furthering
the development and funding for NextGen, our pilots will be able to navigate
safer and more efficiently. The importance of this system cannot be minimized
in an era of increasing airspace utilization by numerous air vehicles,” said
Stratton. “NextGen will allow our pilots to arrive at airports more
predictably and more efficiently. This adds value for both our pilots and the
FedEx Corporation,” he added. The FDX MEC unanimously passed a resolution in
support of this effort (Resolution 13-32).
The FDX Master Executive Council is next set to meet the week of January 27,
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