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Supreme Court Lets Stand Ruling that NLRB Has “Unreviewable Authority” to Investigate Employers Subject to the Railway Labor Act

Posted in Federal Court Litigation, NLRB, NLRB Misc., RLA, SCOTUS, Unfair Labor Practices
On January 27, 2014, the Supreme Court dealt a blow to employers in the railway and airlines industries as it let stand an Eleventh Circuit decision in Amerijet International, Inc. v. NLRB, 520 Fed. Appx. 795 (11th Cir. 2013). The decision confirmed that the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has "the unreviewable authority to initially … Continue Reading

The National Mediation Board Updates Its Representational Manual

Posted in RLA
The National Mediation Board (NMB) announced changes to its representational manual that are scheduled to take effect March 25, 2013.  These changes incorporate into NMB procedure amendments to the Railway Labor Act passed by Congress on February 14, 2012 and regulations implemented by NMB on December 12, 2012, as well other procedural concerns.  The changes … Continue Reading

Congress Announces Deal on FAA Re-Authorization, NMB Election Rule Stands With One Adjustment

Posted in House of Representatives, Legislation, Representation Elections, RLA, Senate
National Journal reports that House and Senate leaders have announced an agreement on the long-awaited reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).  The deal includes Republicans backing down on their effort to reverse the May 2010 rule issued by the National Mediation Board (NMB) which changed the 75 year-old method for counting votes in union representation elections under the … Continue Reading

FAA Furlough Likely to Continue for Weeks; Parties in Congress Differ on Impact of NMB Union Election Rule

Posted in House of Representatives, Representation Elections, RLA, Senate
Congress has adjourned for up to five weeks without passing a bill to extend funding for the Federal Aviation Administration, resulting in "unprecedented" furloughs due to a partial shutdown of agency operations.  Approximately 4,000 FAA employees are out of work following the July 22 failure of Congress to pass at least a temporary extension of funding … Continue Reading

Rep. Issa (R-CA) Seeks Information From National Mediation Board Regarding “Radical” Rule Change

Posted in House of Representatives, Representation Elections, RLA
On May 11, 2010, the National Mediation Board announced that it was changing a decades-old rule regarding the way votes are counted in union representation elections under the Railway Labor Act (RLA).  By letter dated May 17, 2011, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, sent a letter … Continue Reading

Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Jim DeMint (R-SC) and Lindsay Graham (R-SC) to Introduce National Right to Work Protection Legislation

Posted in Legislation, NLRA, RLA, Senate
During floor debate on the SBIR/STTR Reauthorization Act (S. 483), Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) announced that he, Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) and Senator Lindsay Graham (R-TN) would be introducing a bill entitled the "National Right to Work Protection Act."  Sen. Alexander introduced the proposal thus: I rise today to talk about a piece of legislation which will be … Continue Reading

Georgia Rep Introduces Bill to Reverse NMB Rule on Union Elections

Posted in House of Representatives, Representation Elections, RLA, Senate
Last week, Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-GA) introduced legislation to reverse a controversial rule change implemented by the National Mediation Board (NMB) last year which made it easier to organize unions in the airline industry. The "Restoring Democracy in the Workplace Act" (H.R. 548) is intended to repeal a rule published by the NMB on May 11, 2010, … Continue Reading

National Mediation Board Issues Revised Representation Manual

Posted in RLA
On August 19, 2010, the National Mediation Board (NMB) posted on its website the updated sections of its Representation Manual reflecting the rules changes implemented in July of this year.  In May 2010, the NMB announced that it was changing a decades-old rule regarding the way votes are counted in RLA union representation elections.  The new standard, the … Continue Reading

Holiday Week Round-Up: May 28, 2010

Posted in Federal Court Litigation, NLRA, NLRB Decisions, RLA, State/Local Issues
NMB agrees to delay implementation of Election Rule:  Two weeks ago, the National Mediation Board (NMB) announced a change in the way votes would be tallied in future union representation elections under the Railway Labor Act.  Last week, an association of airlines filed suit in federal court seeking injunctive relief against the implementation of the Rule.  At … Continue Reading

Airlines Sue To Block Easier RLA Unionization Rules

Posted in Federal Court Litigation, RLA
On Monday, May 17, 2010, the Air Transport Association of America, Inc. filed suit in the District Court for the District of Columbia, seeking declaratory and injunctive relief to prohibit the National Mediation Board from implementing its new Final Rule regarding the union election process.  The suit claims that the NMB’s rule: violates the Railway Labor Act … Continue Reading