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A discussion of how the relative seniority of pilots of merging airline companies is handled.

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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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Professor LaRocca describes a federal due process requirement of the railroad industry, of conducting an investigation and hearing prior to imposing discipline. He notes that the system has worked remarkably well.

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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).

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A brief history of the Railway Labor Act, the shortcomings of the current dispute resolution process, and alternative processes that might be more effective are presented. The authors urge NAA members to explore alternative approaches beyond prosaic arbitration.

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The parties have incorporated mechanisms for intervention by special panels where they have encountered difficulty in the implementation of particular contract language. These have included a Sick Leave Harassment Panel, and reduction in force and seniority protest panels. In this panel discussion, the participants discuss their perceptions of the advantages and disadvantages of the arrangements.

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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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The acceptability of interest arbitration in the airline industry will be influenced by the procedures adopted by the parties and their arbitrators. This article offers recommendations for those procedures.

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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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An examination of subcontracting provisions in collective bargaining agreements in the railroad industry.

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