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FedEx pilots join ALPA union

The FedEx Pilots’ Association has voted to end its independence and joined the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), International, effective June 1.

The FedEx union has more than 4,200 of the company’s pilots flying both domestic and international routes, with major hubs in Memphis, Anchorage, Indianapolis, Newark, Oakland, Dallas, Paris and Subic Bay in the Philippines.

“We are proud to include the Federal Express pilots in (our collective) voice, and look forward to their contributions in shaping the future of our great association,” said Captain Duane Woerth, ALPA’s president.

In the April 1 vote, 95 per cent of the union’s eligible members and 90.5 per cent of those casting their ballot favoured the merger.

Separately, the ALPA says it is disappointed but not surprised by a U.S. Department of Transportation decision that has ruled against permitting pilots to carry firearms in the cockpit.

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