Prepared Statement for the National Mediation Board Open Meeting Re: RLA Rulemaking Docket No. C 6964
Testimony before the NMB hearings on the proposed rule change to the RLA that recommend changing the voting standard from the majority of eligible voters to the majority of votes cast. The testimony summarized findings from the first ever national academic study of organizing under the RLA. Based on findings that showed that under the RLA standard greater employer suppression is correlated with lower turnout while under the NLRB standard both the union and the employer work aggressively for high turn out, the author argued for changing the voting standard to majority of votes cast.
National Mediation Board; Railway Labor Act; voter suppression; representation elections
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