Highlights of the 2023 Tentative Agreement
On July 24, 2023, FedEx pilots rejected the proposed agreement with 57% voting against and 43% voting in favor. Smith Anglin will continue to follow these negotiations. If you would like to discuss how the potential contract changes might affect your financial situation, please schedule a call with Wayne today.
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Three Major Changes:
- Increase pilot compensation by 14% immediately and 30% over the next 3 ½ years.
- Increase the Legacy Defined Benefit Pension Plan maximum from $130,000/year to $169,000/year, gradually over 4 years.
- FedEx gives the pilot a retirement plan choice (late 2024) to either take the legacy increased pension, -or- reduced pension plus a retirement savings plan (MBCBP)that the company contributes up to $36,300 annually.
Compensation - Top Pay Scale Proposed (Hourly):
- Immediate pay rate increase of 14%. Pay will increase a total of 30% compounded over the next 3 ½ years.
- Pay rate increases will be compressed from 15 years to 12 years. This applies to pilots hired in 2009 or later.
Maximum Legacy Pension Proposed (Plan A):
- The Pension will increase 30% from the current $130,000 per year to $169,000 per year.
- Current Pension: Final Average Earnings (FAE) max is $260,000.
- The Legacy Pension will freeze at the years of service earned when the MBCBP is elected.
- Proposed: FAE will increase as follows:
Market Based Cash Balance Plan (MBCBP)
Proposed New Pension Offer
- FedEx will start a New Cash Balance Retirement savings account for the pilot.
- FedEx will contribute 11% of the pilot’s compensation annually (Up to a max $330,000 pay, indexed for inflation).
- The pilot will receive $36,300 per year, growing at an estimated rate of 6.5%.
- The MBCBP can be paid out as a lump sum or as an annuity.
Pension Election Decision
The pilot will need to make his/her pension election in late 2024
The pilot will choose to either:
Elect the new, increased Pension Plan, increasing the max pension from $130,000 to $169,000 per year
Elect to lock in the pension at years of service (max $145,000 per year), plus add the Market Based Cash Balance Plan. The MBCBP is the Fed Ex contribution of $36,300 into a savings account (11% of pay/$330,000 annual max, indexed for inflation).
The trade-off between the two choices boils down to: Would the pilot rather have an increased pension or lock in a lower pension and be given a retirement savings account?
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