|Pilots' Union Aborts Strike Take-Off|
|Key Words||Raise, Strike, Negotiations, Unions, Benefits|
FedEx pilots have not had a raise in many years, and have seen their work time increase and their schedules become inhospitable. However, the FedEx pilots' union has agreed to suspend its strike threat in response to the company's offer to resume negotiations. This conciliatory approach is in stark contrast to that of Northwest Airlines and UPS pilots.
One reason is the culture of FedEx. The company has little time for unions. It tries to provide good benefits and career opportunities. No other group of FedEx employees is unionized; incredibly, the non-pilot employees recently held a rally in support of the company! Even the pilots opted for a moderate union.
Another reason is FedEx management's tactics to survive a strike. The company had leased planes and trucks, and planned to lay off 500 FedEx pilots. It also assumed that some pilots would cross the picket line.
Finally, the best time to strike -- the holidays -- is passing.
(Updated January 1, 1999)
|Source||New York Times, "Pilots yielded to FedEx culture", St. Petersburg Times, November 27, 1998.|
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