Understanding the Railway Labor Act
By Frank N. Wilner
The title of this book says it all. Wilner is the ultimate authority on labor-management relations in the railroad industry. His latest book is incredibly helpful to those seeking to learn more about rail labor history, the mechanics of rail labor law, and how railroads and their multiple unions bargain collectively under the RLA's provisions. It is hugely helpful as well to those familiar with the RLA but seeking a reference work providing greater detail on the law's provisions and how they impact negotiations at the national and local levels.
Included are chapters discussing labor protection in the railroad industry, secondary boycotts, and the crew-consist dispute – how many crew members are required to operate freight and passenger trains, which, for decades, has flared, simmered and flared again.
Also explained and analyzed are interest-based bargaining, alternatives to the RLA, and congressional intervention in railroad labor disputes.
Wilner has worked for both the Association of American Railroads and, more recently, as public relations director for the United Transportation Union. He previously worked for the New York Central and Penn Central Railroads and for the U.S. Surface Transportation Board.
"No transportation journalist is as knowledgeable about railroad labor-management relations, past or present, as Frank Wilner."264 pages paperback
WILLIAM C. VANTUONO, EDITOR, RAILWAY AGE MAGAZINE