Attend the event of the year for unparalleled opportunities to learn from and interact with National Mediation Board members and staff, as well as personnel who play key roles in labor relations for airlines and railroads. You’ll get a look “behind the curtain” from government officials, arbitrators, and private practitioners engaged in resolving disputes under the Railway Labor Act.
What You Will Learn
This highly-rated advanced conference allows you to examine labor relations in the airline and railroad industries, where the governing law is the Railway Labor Act (RLA) and the responsible government agency is the National Mediation Board (NMB). In addition to looking at labor-management relations, the course also explores the relationship among individual employees, their unions, their employers, and governmental and judicial regulation.
The premier faculty includes current members of the National Mediation Board as well as other mediators and arbitrators and representatives of carriers, labor organizations, and individual employees. Panels will consider the roles of election campaigns, tactics in the negotiation and mediation processes, and grievance and arbitration procedures in the airline and railroad industries.
Get sophisticated insights AND practical analysis on emerging issues as well, including:
the FAA and regulation of unmanned aircraft systems
affiliations, mergers, and consolidations
labor relations under the bankruptcy code
Register today! Network with and learn from industry leaders and attendees from across the country at a reception and two luncheons, one of which features a mock negotiation with NMB Chair Linda Puchala!
Is the RLA new to you? Attend the optional session on Thursday morning for a whirlwind tour of the law and policy of labor relations in the airline and railroad industries.
Who Should Attend
The course is designed for lawyers of all experience levels representing labor organizations, carriers, and individuals involved in the air and rail industries.
Going green in 2017! Course materials will be available in electronic format for download the week before and during the course. Registrants will receive an email from ALI CLE before the program with full downloading instructions. All registrants are advised to bring laptops or tablets to the course to view the course materials, including updates.
TWO WAYS TO SAVE!*
Government practitioner? Get 30% off the regular tuition. Contact ALI CLE customer service (email@example.com; 800-CLE-NEWS) to register at this special price.
Have two or more who want to attend from the same organization? The first attendee pays full price, and all additional attendees from the same organization come at HALF price. Contact ALI CLE customer service or register online using the group registration option.
*Valid on new registrations only; discounts may not be combined.
Tuition for this
Live Course is $1,599.00.
Tuition for the live course includes admission to all sessions and a set of electronic course materials before the course. In addition, continental breakfasts and refreshment breaks are provided daily.
7:55 a.m. Welcome and Announcements – ALI CLE Staff
INTRODUCTION TO THE RLA, REPRESENTATION, AND ELECTIONS
8:00 a.m. Introduction to Labor Relations in the Airline and Railroad Industries – Mss. Hennessey and Moorhead and Messrs. Reinert and Wolly
An optional session for those not familiar with the RLA
8:45 a.m. Networking and Refreshment Break
9:00 a.m. The Railway Labor Act and Its Application to the Airline and Railroad Industries - From the National Mediation Board: Chairman Puchala, Ms. Johnson, and Messrs. Hoglander, Keilliher, Rainey, and Watkins
The role of the National Mediation Board, including commentary by members of the Board; Board procedures and regulations and their application to employees, labor organizations, and carriers
10:00 a.m. Followup Observations on the National Mediation Board Presentation on the RLA and Its Application to the Airline and Railroad Industries - Acting Solicitor Gaele
10:15 a.m. Networking and Refreshment Break
10:30 a.m. Representation Matters Before the National Mediation Board – Ms. Ham and Mr. R. Wilder
Representation functions and hearing procedures before the Board; representation procedures relating to class or craft selection; Board jurisdiction; basic class or craft concepts in the airline and railroad industries; accretion issues; recent case developments before the Board and in the courts; use of the Board’s Representation Rules and Representation Manual
11:15 a.m. Election Campaigns
• Rights, practical campaign strategy, and communications; applicable laws; problems that can be anticipated, including allegations of carrier or labor organization interference; and the role of the Board in election proceedings; Board notices, campaign activities, and technological developments - Mss. Ham and Joshi and Messrs. Hall, Hollinger, Katz, Migliore, and W. Wilder
• Comparison — Air and Rail – Mss. Hennessey and Parcelli and Mr. Munro
12:30 p.m. Lunch for Registrants and Faculty
Mock Negotiation Panel – Chairman Puchala; Mss. Roma and Rosenthal; and Messrs. Munro and Wolly
BARGAINING, MEDIATION, STATUS QUO, AND WORK STOPPAGES
2:00 p.m. The Bargaining Process: Unions and Carriers– Ms. Moorhead and Messrs. Clarke, Edelman, R. Siegel, and Vitarelli
Basic tactics in negotiating agreements; clauses (including force majeure provisions) and problems often found; practical suggestions on negotiating policies; national or local handling of bargaining issues in the railroad industry; new techniques and processes
3:00 p.m. Networking and Refreshment Break
3:15 p.m. The Mediation Process and Emergency Boards – Mss. Parcelli and Siegel and Messrs. G. Cohen, Reinert, and R. Wilder
The role of Section 10 Emergency Boards, their use, recommendations, and implementation processes (including ad hoc legislative approaches); a comparison of railroad and airline processes to determine whether Emergency Boards should be used
4:15 p.m. The Status Quo, Strikes, Intermittent Work Stoppages, Picketing, Unilateral Action, and Impasse Procedures – Ms. Parcelli and Messrs. Broderdorf, Fleming, Hall, Katz, Migliore, Munro, and W. Wilder Status quo requirements (including whether the status quo applies prior to an initial agreement); mechanisms for resolving impasses under the RLA; the legal consequences of the status quo, impasse, strikes (including "CHAOS"), and informational picketing
5:00 p.m. Drug Testing - Mr. Willner
5:30 p.m. Adjournment for the Day; Networking Reception for Registrants and Faculty
Friday, April 28, 2017
7:00 a.m. Networking Session and Continental Breakfast
INTEREST ARBITRATION AND GRIEVANCE PROCEDURES, JUDICIAL ENFORCEMENT, AND INTERNATIONAL ISSUES
8:00 a.m. Recent Developments: Discussion of Emerging Issues – Ms. Dougherty and Joshi and Messrs. Edelman, Fleming, Hall, Hollinger, Luby, Migliore, R. Siegel, and W. Wilder
9:00 a.m. Interest Arbitration – Mr. Javits
9:20 a.m. Grievance and Arbitration Procedures – Mss. Moorhead and Roma and Messrs. Fritts, Migliore, and Wall
Establishing system boards of adjustment on airlines; the functioning of the National Railroad Adjustment Board and parallel arbitral tribunals on airlines; tribunal operations; responsibilities of carriers and labor organizations in presenting grievances to arbitrators; arbitration case theories and tactics; analysis of "minor disputes" and "major disputes" or interest arbitration; whether System Boards should or must be used before the first agreement is reached
10:20 a.m. Networking and Refreshment Break
10:35 a.m. Judicial Enforcement of the Railway Labor Act and "Unfair Labor Practices:" Is There "Protected Activity" under the RLA? – Messrs. Edelman, Elifson, Reinert, R. Siegel, Vitarelli, and W. Wilder
11:45 a.m. International Labor and Employment Issues: International Conflicts – Messrs. Fleming, Migliore, R. Siegel, and R. Wilder
Extraterritorial application of the RLA and other U.S. civil rights and employment laws; application of U.S. law to foreign carriers; the Act of State Doctrine; foreign ownership and outsourcing
12:30 p.m. Lunch for Registrants and Faculty; The FAA and the Regulation of Unmanned Aircraft Systems - Ms. Ambrose and Mr. Willner (not webcast or recorded)
MERGERS AND CONSOLIDATIONS, LITIGATION TRENDS, AND BANKRUPTCY ISSUES
1:30 p.m. Affiliations, Mergers, and Consolidations – Ms. Dougherty and Messrs. Freund, Hall, Hollinger, Katz, Luby, Migliore, Reinert, and Wolly
Affiliated airlines and the single carrier issue; merged seniority lists; conflicts of interest
2:30 p.m. Labor Relations under the Bankruptcy Code – Messrs. Fritts, Hollinger, Luby, and W. Wilder
The role of Bankruptcy Courts in modifying or terminating collective bargaining agreements, retiree health plans, and pension plans; the interface of the RLA, the Bankruptcy Code, and ERISA
3:30 p.m. Networking and Refreshment Break
3:45 p.m. Employment Law: Key Issues – Speaker to be confirmed
4:30 p.m. Ethics for the Employment and Labor Practitioner – Messrs. Fleming, Katz, and Reinert
5:30 p.m. Questions and Answers
5:45 p.m. Adjournment
Total 60-minute hours of instruction: 15.5, including 1 hour of ethics; total 50-minutes of Instruction: 18.6, including 1.2 hours of ethics
Suggested Prerequisite: Limited experience in legal practice in subject matter or completion of Basic CLE Course in subject matter
Educational Objective: Acquisition of knowledge and skills to develop proficiency as a practitioner
A limited block of rooms has been reserved at the Washington Plaza Hotel. Room rate: $279 per night, single occupancy. There will be a $20/person charge for each additional guest in the room. These rooms will be held as a block, unless exhausted, until March 29, 2017, at which time they will be released to the general public. Registrants must make their own hotel reservations and indicate that they are attending the ALI CLE Airline and Railroad Labor and Employment Law program to qualify for rooms in the block.
Room reservations may be made by calling the Washington Plaza Hotel, 10 Thomas Circle, NW, Washington, DC 20005; phone (202) 842-1300 or (800) 424-1140, or reserve online HERE. If you have difficulty getting into the block prior to April 27, 2017, you may also directly contact Association Sales Director Renard Roots at (202) 842-1300 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Confirmations will be sent by the hotel. Please read the hotel cancellation policy carefully.
Complimentary WiFi will be available in the meeting room.
Mandatory CLE Credit
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State (General / Ethics) Expiration Date (if applicable)
AK (14.5 / 1)
AL (14.5 / 1)
AR (14.5 / 1)
AZ (14.5 / 1)
CA (14.5 / 1)
CO (17.4 / 1.2)
CPE (18.5 / 0)
CT (14.5 / 1)
DE (14.5 / 1)
FL (17.5 / 1)
GA (14.5 / 1)
HI (14.5 / 1)
IA (14.5 / 1)
ID (14.5 / 1)
IL (14.5 / 1)
IN (14.5 / 1)
KS (15 / 1)
KY (14.5 / 1)
LA (14.5 / 1)
ME (14.5 / 1)
MN (14.5 / 1)
MO (17.4 / 1.2)
MS (14.5 / 1)
MT (14.5 / 1)
NC (14.5 / 1)
ND (14.5 / 1)
NE (14.5 / 1)
NH (14.5 / 1)
NJ (17.4 / 1.2)
NM (14.5 / 1)
NV (14.5 / 1)
NY (17 / 1)
OH (14.5 / 1)
OK (17.5 / 1)
OR (14.5 / 1)
PA (14.5 / 1)
PR (14.5 / 1)
RI (17 / 1)
SC (14.5 / 1)
TN (14.5 / 0)
TX (14.5 / 1)
UT (14.5 / 1)
VA (14.5 / 1)
VI (17.4 / 1.2)
VT (14.5 / 1)
WA (14.5 / 1)
WI (17 / 1)
WV (17.4 / 1.2)
WY (14.5 / 1)
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The faculty were all experienced and knowledgeable.
This was an interesting and informative course.
The program is consistently the best I attend each year. The practitioners and the presenters are the very best at what they do and the materials are extremely practical and useful. - Brian M. Mumaugh, Holland & Hart, Colorado
Very educational! I particularly enjoyed the panel discussions between labor/management lawyers, provided great insight, much like a ‘look behind the curtain.’
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