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.
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
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