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4.3.19 – NMB Rule Change Would Weaken Unions

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

The National Mediation Board (NMB) has proposed a rule change that would make it easier to decertify and destabilize unions.

The NMB is the agency that oversees labor-management relations for industries governed by the Railway Labor Act (RLA); both rail and aviation unions fall under its jurisdiction. The three board members on the NMB are appointed by the President of the United States and confirmed by the Senate to serve three-year terms. By law, no more than two members on the NMB can be from the same political party.

The proposed rule change upsets the current process that has been in place for decades and works as intended. APFA joins Labor in strong opposition to the proposed rule change. While the NMB is likely to adopt it, the legal question remains as to whether it is within the NMB’s jurisdiction to make these changes. APFA is monitoring and considering next steps.

Click here to see APFA’s official comments.

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Allie Malis
APFA National Government Affairs Representative

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