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ALPA WINS REPRESENTATION ELECTION AT FEDERAL EXPRESS

 WASHINGTON, Jan. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Mediation Board today declared the Air Line Pilots Association as the winner in the ballot for union representation at Federal Express (NYSE: FDX).
 "This is a tremendous achievement for the Federal Express pilots, for ALPA, and for our profession. We all are enormously pleased that the Federal Express pilots have decided that they want union representation, and we are equally pleased that they chose the Air Line Pilots Association," said Capt. Randolph Babbitt, president of ALPA. "I congratulate the Federal Express Pilots Organizing Committee for the high road' campaign they ran. They are living proof that a pilot can be both a union member and a strong company supporter," he said.
 The ballots were counted today in Washington by the NMB, which oversees airline representation elections. More than 56 percent of Federal Express pilots voted for union representation. The vote was as follows: of the 2,279 eligible pilots, 1,015 voted for ALPA, 271 voted for the United States Pilots Association, and six ballots were voided. (The USPA is a local group, composed of Federal Express pilots, that competed with ALPA in the election. Under NMB rules, if a majority of eligible employees vote for any union in a contested election, then the union receiving the most votes wins.)
 "We respect what our management has accomplished in the freight shipping business. They have been creative and successful and we hope they bring this same professionalism to this new era of labor relations. Once the dust settles, I think that both Federal Express management and the pilots who didn't vote for ALPA will see that union representation for our pilots will make our company a better airline in the long run," said Capt. Don Wilson, a member of the Federal Express Pilots Organizing Committee.
 In August 1991 ALPA had lost a previous election ballot at Federal Express by a narrow 1 percent margin, or 23 out of 2,279 votes. The union protested to the NMB, charging that the company had acted unfairly in the election. The NMB found that management actions had disturbed the "laboratory conditions" of the election and allowed ALPA to proceed with a second organizing campaign.
 Federal Express is a worldwide document, small package, and heavy freight delivery service based in Memphis, Tenn. ALPA, chartered by the AFL-CIO in 1931, represents 41,000 airline pilots at 45 U.S. airlines. In addition to its union role, ALPA is the leading industry advocate for aviation safety.
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 /CONTACT: Capt. Don Wilson or Capt. John Whitehead, 202-797-4060, for the Federal Express Pilots Organizing Committee/
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