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NATIONAL MEDIATION BOARD REAFFIRMS CERTIFICATION OF AIR LINE PILOTS ASSOCIATION TO REPRESENT FEDERAL EXPRESS PILOTS

 WASHINGTON, Aug. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Mediation Board today reaffirmed its certification of the Air Line Pilots Association as collective bargaining representative for Federal Express pilots. The NMB officially certified ALPA on June 14, but Federal Express management and a group of anti-union pilots requested that the Board reconsider that decision. The board's decision today found that the requests for reconsideration lacked merit.
 "I believe most Federal Express pilots are dedicated to proving that an employee can be both a loyal employee and a union member," said Capt. Don Wilson. Wilson is chairman of the Federal Express pilots' temporary Master Executive Council.
 Wilson added, "We have been very patient with their objections because we wanted all their questions and concerns to be addressed as we go forward with this important new relationship."
 Following the ballot count on Jan. 14, 1993, Wilson stated, "Federal Express CEO Fred Smith discussed the election at an industry forum in Washington, D.C. In Mr. Smith's comments, he recognized that pilots, who make up three percent of the Federal Express workforce, have professional issues that are very different from the issues of the other 97 percent of employees. Mr. Smith also stated that he would negotiate with ALPA as the law provides. We are hopeful that he will follow through with that commitment so that the relationship between Federal Express and its ALPA-represented pilots will be professional and productive."
 The June 14 certification of ALPA came after a five-month delay following the counting of representation election ballots on Jan. 14, 1993. That delay, too, resulted from objections to the election that were filed by Federal Express management and the same group of anti- union pilots at the company. That rerun election was held as a result of the NMB's ruling that Federal Express management had interfered improperly in a previous election, which ALPA lost by a narrow one percent margin.
 Today, following Federal Express' failure to respond to repeated telephone calls and telecopied messages to confirm its intent to engage in collective bargaining negotiations with the pilots' union as required by the Railway Labor Act, ALPA reluctantly filed suit on behalf of Federal Express pilots in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, to enforce the rights of these pilots to be represented by ALPA.
 ALPA has stated to Federal Express officials it would be pleased to withdraw today's legal action if the carrier is willing to negotiate with the pilots' representatives and move forward as required by the Railway Labor Act.
 Federal Express is a worldwide document, small package, and heavy freight delivery service based in Memphis. 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: Captain Don Wilson or Kathy Smith, both of ALPA, 901-398-0146/


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