Railway Labor Act

 

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The Railway Labor Act became federal law in 1926 with the active support of labor and management in the railway industry.  In 1936, the Act was extended to the U.S. airline industry.  Today, decades later, the Act continues to provide a balanced legal framework for the resolution of labor management matters in those two industries, including employee representation issues, as well as collective bargaining and contract administration processes where employees have chosen to be represented by a labor union.

At times, both labor and management have expressed concern that the Act does not permit self-help in the form of labor strikes or management implementations, except after the Act's dispute resolution processes have been utilized.  However, the methodical dispute resolution mechanisms of the Railway Labor Act are what have provided our nation with stable labor management relations in the key railway and airline industries for all of these years. 

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