FedEx Express pilots reject tentative contract agreement

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FedEx Express pilots have rejected a tentative contract agreement reached between their union and the company in May.

FedEx said in an emailed statement that the results have no impact on its service, adding that negotiators will return to bargaining under the supervision of the National Mediation Board.

“While we are disappointed in these voting results, FedEx will continue to bargain in good faith with our pilots to achieve an agreement that is fair for all FedEx stakeholders,” the company said.

Fifty-seven percent of FedEx pilots turned down the agreement, while 43% voted in favor of it, according to a news release from the Air Line Pilots Association, International, known as ALPA. There were 5,119 votes cast out of 5,172 eligible voters.

The union will now regroup and prepare for the next steps in the negotiating process, said Capt. Chris Norman, FedEx ALPA chair, in a statement.

“In the coming weeks, the FedEx ALPA leadership will meet to establish a timeline for assessing pilot group priorities moving forward,” Norman said. “FedEx pilots remain unified and that will drive a new path that will help produce an agreement that all FedEx pilots will be proud to support.”

FedEx pilots last signed a contract in 2015, with negotiations for a new deal starting in May 2021 before the contract became amenable that November. Last year, the parties tapped a federal mediator to assist in expediting negotiations.

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