Wednesday, June 9, 2010

New Rule to Make it Easier to Form Unions in Railroad and Airline Industries

The National Mediation Board has adopted a new rule making it easier for employees in the railroad and airline industry to unionize if more than half of the voting employees approve of the union. The new election procedures will apply to applications filed on or after June 10, 2010.  For more information visit http://www.nmb.gov/representation/proposed-rep-rulemaking.html.

Under the old rule that was in place since the 1930’s, a union could only be certified if it was approved by a majority of the entire workforce that would be organized. Under the former process, workers who didn’t cast ballots were counted as “no” votes.

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