Decertification of a union is nearly impossible for employees to achieve under the Railway Labor Act (RLA). An existing “Straw Man” procedure makes the process confusing and intimidating, requiring employees of a given class — pilots, baggage handlers, etc. — to run an RLA representative with at least 50 percent of employee signatures to force an election against a union. Instead of trying to win, the Straw Man must then convince employees to vote “no representative” to decertify the union.

The National Mediation Board (NMB) has proposed a new rule change that will simplify this process and make the waiting period for union votes more consistent and employee friendly.

Read more about the rule change in my recent article, published in the Washington Examiner here.

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