FedEx pilots OK slowdown Union could order refusal of overtime during holiday season

October 24, 1998|By BLOOMBERG NEWS

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- FDX Corp.'s pilots' union leaders received approval yesterday from members to order a slowdown at Federal Express, the world's largest air-freight company, during the peak holiday shipping season.

The FedEx Pilots Association said 93 percent of members who voted gave union leaders permission to order them to refuse to work overtime if contract negotiations with parent company FDX Corp. slow. The leadership will decide whether to call a holiday job action, and the timing of a move.

"Our hope is that implementation of this policy will never become necessary," union spokesman Byron Cobb said in a statement.

The FedEx Pilots Association sent ballots last weekend to its 3,500 members to vote on whether to permit union leaders to order a strike. Both ballot measures result from union dissatisfaction with contract talks with FDX Corp.

FedEx pilots rejected their initial union, the Air Lines Pilots

Association, after it spent three years negotiating a contract pilots rejected. After that vote, the pilots established the independent FedEx Pilots Association. The union and Memphis, Tenn.-based FDX Corp. resumed talks July 29 after an almost five-month delay that began with the pilots' rejection of a tentative accord in March.

Pub Date: 10/24/98

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