Railway Labor Act and how it relates to Airline Negotiations

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The Railway Labor Act, more frequently referred to as the RLA, was enacted in 1926 as the joint work product of railway labor and management. It was amended in 1934, in 1936 when it was expanded to include airlines, in 1966, and, most recently, in 1981 when special bargaining dispute resolution procedures applicable to publicly owned and operated rail commuter carriers were added. The RLA is administered by the National Mediation Board (NMB), an independent Federal agency. Continue reading

01/13/2022 Negotiations Update

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Your negotiating committee met with management through videoconference on Tuesday January 11th through Thursday, January 13th.

The TWU and the Company exchanged Articles 1- Recognition and Scope, 5- Personal Days Off, 10- Classifications and Qualifications, 14- Transfers and Promotions, 15- Furlough and Recall, 17- Field Work, 19- General and 25- Union Security.

Although discussions were intense and in depth, we were only able to reach a tentative agreement on Article 25- Union Security.

Please review the progress sheet of all Articles and Letters.

Our next meeting with the company is scheduled for February 15th – 17th, 2022.

We thank you for your patience and understanding, and we are hopeful that we will continue making progress during this process and get you the contract YOU deserve.

UNITED-INVINCIBLE / HOLD THE LINE

12/16/2021 Negotiations Update

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Your negotiating committee met with management through videoconference on Wednesday, December 15th & Thursday, December 16th.

The company passed our committee Articles 5- Personal Days Off, Article 10- Classifications and Qualifications, Article 14- Transfers and promotions and Article 15- Furlough and Recall.

Our TWU committee gave the company counter proposals on Articles 5- Personal Days Off and Article 6 Holidays.

We were able to reach a tentative agreement on Article 9 – Seniority.

Please review the progress sheet of all Articles and Letters.

Historically contract negotiations is a lengthy process, in our hopes to try and expedite this process we requested and have agreed with the company to meet for three days in our future negotiation sessions.

Our next meeting with the company is scheduled for January 11th – 13th, 2022.

We thank you for your patience and understanding, and we are hopeful that we will continue making progress during this process and get you the contract YOU deserve.

UNITED-INVINCIBLE   /   HOLD THE LINE

11/18/2021 Negotiations Update

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Your negotiating committee met with management through videoconference on Wednesday, November 17th & 18th.

During this week’s session we proposed Article 2 -Definitions, Article 10- Classifications and Qualifications, Article 14- Transfers and promotions, Article 15- Furlough and Recall.

Management only passed Article 17 – Fieldwork/TDY.

Please review the progress sheet of all Articles and Letters.

It is very unfortunate that we accomplished very little during this session and were unable to reach any tentative agreements.

Our next meeting with the company is scheduled for December 15th and 16th.

We thank you for your patience and understanding, and we are hopeful that we will continue making progress during this process and get you the contract YOU deserve.

UNITED-INVINCIBLE

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