March 16, 2013 Proceedings Database
Under the Railway Labor Act, airlines are required to establish, in their cbas, boards of adjustment comprised of an equal number of management and union-selected representatives. The authors explain how the process works, in theory and in reality.
The author proposes means (including the active intervention of the NMB) by which the various parties to airline industry negotiations can effectively negotiate collective bargaining agreements in the years following 2007 (the post-bankruptcy era).
The author provides an overview of railroad industry arbitration, acknowledging some of the historic problems but listing the many important contributions to the field of arbitration generally, such as the concept of just cause, the relationship between language and practice, local practice versus system-wide practice, the fluidity of the recognition clause, and issues of credibility.