What Led Us To A Deal With Southwest Airlines, Nearly 7 Years Later

A brief history of transportation labor relations, and how it relates to our deal

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  • During this time, we have negotiated nearly every month. We have had 74 prior negotiation updates since we began this round of negotiations.
  • If this deal is approved, it will extend into 2024.
  • In 1934, Congress created the National Mediation Board to administer the RLA.
  • In 1936, the RLA was extended to cover interstate air carriers.
  • In 1951, the RLA was amended to permit union shops and dues check-off agreements.
  • To provide employees the freedom to join a labor union
  • To provide for prompt and orderly settlement of collective bargaining disputes and disputes concerning interpretation of existing collective bargaining agreements

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