Re: RLA-- Railway Labor Act for those who ain't rails... Yep, well this still sucks....
Author: Dr Zarkoff
Date: 01-11-2021 - 12:32
> At one point in time, back in my early RR union days, when workers still had some power left, a "strike" over a "health and safety" issue "failure to act" like this grievance might have been allowed by courts.
The capability to wildcat, which this UP issue has all the appearances of being, has not been unilaterally done away with. An RR union can still wildcat over an issue which is not specifically covered by its labor agreement. This is what the BLE did in the 1980s when the SP announced large scale cutbacks in Special Agents (and I walked the picket line for a day or so). Once health an welfare became part of the agreements (those medical plans), it became subject to the section 6 notice process and an issue no longer possible to wildcat over.
This means that no court is going to allow a strike over an agreement-covered dispute if the strike is not part of the normal agreement negotiating processes specified by the RLA.