The National Mediation Board (NMB) has issued a proposed rule that would implement the changes to existing representation dispute and election procedures in the railway and airline industries made by the Federal Aviation Administration Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 (FAA Act). Signed into law on February 14, 2012, the FAA Act included significant restrictions over airline and railway union organizing. Specifically, the Act amended the Railway Labor Act (RLA) by: (a) specifying that the NMB must provide an opportunity for public hearing regarding any significant rules; (b) requiring that in any runoff election for which there are three or more options (including the option of “no union”) on the ballot and none receives a majority of the valid votes cast, a second election would be held between the two options receiving the most votes; (c) raising the showing of interest threshold for elections to not less than 50% (up from 35%) of the employees in the craft or class; and (d) imposing certain review and auditing requirements on the NMB’s programs and expenditures. To this end, the proposed rule published in the May 15, 2012 edition of the Federal Register would make changes to existing NMB rules regarding run-off elections, showing of interest for representation elections, and the NMB’s rulemaking proceedings to conform to the FAA Act provisions. Continue reading this entry at Littler's Labor Relations Counsel.
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