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Piloting Through the Merger II. Panel Discussion

A representative of the Air Line Pilots Association, United Airlines, the National Mediation Board, and the NAA discuss the issues raised and factors considered in airline merger related disputes arbitration.

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Airlines: The Industry’s Future: It’s Up in the Air

A panel discussion of the grievance procedures used to address the unique dispute resolution problems of the ALPA and AFA unions. At United Airlines, an unwieldy backlog of cases was reduced by structural changes to the process. At American Airlines, arbitrators gave their impressions of the merits.

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Labor relations and arbitration post – 9/11:The US Airways experience

Panelists representing the management of US Airways, the pilots union, the CWA (representing employees at the ticket counters, gates and in reservations), and flight attendants discuss the effects on contract negotiations and employee relations of 9/11 and the subsequent filing for bankruptcy of the airline.

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An examination of the impact of interest arbitration on the negotiation process between pilots and airlines. The effects of the proposed Airline Labor Dispute Resolution Act, a.k.a. the “McCain-Lott” Act, are discussed.

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A description of formalized procedures for interest arbitration that have been adopted in the airline industry, the purposes served by the procedures, and the role of the interest arbitrator. The impact of presidential advisory boards (PABs) and of the Airline Labor Dispute Resolution Act are also discussed.

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A description of the nature and operation of four and five-member boards in the airline industry and the circumstances in which use of bipartite boards is considered appropriate. Treatment of bipartite board decisions as final and binding arbitration by the courts is viewed favorably. Collective-bargaining agreement provisions for mandatory use of bipartite boards, as opposed …

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A description of tripartite airline system boards of adjustment, and changes in their functioning that resulted from Railway Labor Act mandates and collective-bargaining agreements. Case law in which NLRB decisions were reversed on appeal are reviewed. The operation of the United bipartite system, and its modification to involve neutrals at the outset, are described. Usage …

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A discussion of the experience of the Airline Pilots Association and U.S. carriers in addressing the problems of alcohol and substance abuse, and issues in arbitrating related cases. The impact of the regulatory framework and Federal Aviation regulations is highlighted. A focus on rehabilitation rather than punishment is advocated.

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Alcohol is an “addictive drug” with a particular American concern, following the experiment with Prohibition. In industry, concern with alcoholism was centered on a “job performance criterion”; that is, whether it has substantially interfered with an employee’s on-the-job ability. Describes the early steps in supervisor training to recognize symptoms; support of employers and unions, separately …

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