Railway Labor Act, The, Fourth Edition


New Cumulative Supplement!

The Railway Labor Act is a resource on the structure and case law of the Railway Labor Act (RLA), incorporating the perspectives of management, unions, and neutrals. It includes vital background on the federal labor law of railways and airlines and references to more than 1,200 cases, and is designed to maximize the effectiveness of negotiators or advocates.


Meticulously researched and written by leading practitioners, The Railway Labor Act helps characterize the nature of union-management disputes and identifies how to pursue party interests. Incorporating the perspectives of management, unions, and neutrals into one authoritative text, and with references to more than 1,200 cases, the text of the RLA, and the National Mediation Board (NMB) Rules and Manual, The Railway Labor Act is the definitive resource in this field.

Its comprehensive coverage includes the statutory rights and obligations that exist when employees do not have a collective bargaining representative; the process of obtaining representation rights under the RLA; the distinction between, and the resolution of, major and minor disputes once a collective bargaining relationship has been established; the collective bargaining process under the RLA; the extent of the RLA’s status quo obligations and its limitations on the exercise of economic self-help and changes to terms and conditions of employment; and the relationship among the RLA and other federal and state statutes, regulations, and common law causes of action.

Highlights of the Fourth Edition include: 

  • Examination of recent changes to the RLA and the NMB Representation Manual
  • Discussion of recent developments with respect to the impact of corporate transactions on employee representation and seniority, as courts wrestle with issues relating to the McCaskill-Bond seniority integration provisions
  • Updated case law regarding the distinction between major and minor disputes under the RLA and the critical issue of the extent of the obligations of the parties to maintain the status quo


The 2019 Cumulative Supplement provides information on recent notable RLA judicial and administrative decisions, including:

  • Changes to the process by which employees may seek to decertify their union
  • The ownership or control requirement for air carriers in determining whether an entity is covered by the RLA
  • Craft or class determinations in the railway and airline industries
  • The DFR standard in collective bargaining
  • Case law determining whether disputed carrier actions give rise to a major or minor dispute and/or constitute a status quo violation


    Chapter 1. Introduction to the Railway Labor Act

    Chapter 2. Historical Background of the Railway Labor Act

    Chapter 3. Scope of Coverage of the Railway Labor Act

    Chapter 4. Selecting a Bargaining Representative

    Chapter 5. Judicial Protection of Employee RLA Rights

    Chapter 6. Negotiation of Collective Bargaining Agreements

    Chapter 7. Enforcement of Collective Bargaining Agreements

    Chapter 8. Exercise of Economic Weapons

    Chapter 9. Accommodating the RLA and Other Laws

    Chapter 10. Changes in Corporate Structure: Effects on Representation and Collective Bargaining


    Table of Cases


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    Douglas W. Hall is a partner at Jones Day, Washington, D.C., where he concentrates his practice on representing employers in labor and employment matters with a specific focus on the airline industry and the Railway Labor Act.

    Michael L. Winston is a partner at Gladstein, Reif & Meginniss, LLP, New York, NY, where he represents private and public sector labor unions in a wide range of matters.

    Main Volume

    Published:  2016

    ISBN:  978-1-68267-068-2


    Published:  2019

    ISBN:  978-1-68267-739-1

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