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The Nine Steps Of Negotiations  
User currently offlineQQflyboy From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 2342 posts, RR: 13
Posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 2 days ago) and read 1989 times:

I know there is keen interest on this forum on all the negotiations at various airlines currently taking place, and thought this might be interesting info to share.

Here's how the negotiation process works for airline workers, as dictated by the Railway Labor Act:

Step 1: Preparations for negotiations
Step 2: Openers
Step 3: Direct negotiations --> New contract (if not, proceed to step 4)
Step 4: Request for mediation
Step 5: Mediation --> New contract (if not, proceed to step 6)
Step 6: Impasse
Step 7: Proffer of binding arbitration
Step 7a: Binding arbitration accepted --> New contract
Step 7b: Binging arbitration rejected, proceed to step 8
Step 8: 30 day cooling-off period
Step 9: Self help (lockout/strike)

Currently, AA is on step 4, request for mediation, with all three unions, the most recent being the flight attendants. It is expected that a federal mediator will be appointed for flight attendant negotiations in mid-January. The APFA's goal is to have a new contract by May 1, 2009.

The APA, AA's pilot union, has been in negotiations for over two years, while the TWU has been in negotiations with AA for over a year. AA/TWU recently ended a series of "lightning rounds," intense negotiations over a short period of time designed to lead to an agreement. Those negotiations ended without an agreement, leading AA/TWU to seek mediation.

The views expressed are mine alone and do not necessarily reflect my employer’s views.
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User currently offlineN104UA From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 952 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 1841 times:

UA has all their union contracts up on 31DEC09

"Learn the rules, so you know how to break them properly." -H.H. The Dalai Lama
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