Federal Legislation And Impact On Labor Relations Essay

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Introduction
There are several significant pieces of federal legislation that impact “labor organizations”, read each of these as each concerns you no matter what department you are in. Each of these legislations will be named below with a short synapsis of the benefits to each of you. Federal law defines a “labor organization” as:
“any organization of any kind, or any agency or employee representation committee or plan, in which employees participate and which exist for the purpose, in whole or in part, of dealing with employers concerning grievances, labor disputes, wages, rates of pay, hours employment, or conditions of work” (2016).

Federal Legislation and Impact on Labor Relations/Organizations
Federal law governs labor-management relations; it impacts both sides of the labor-union relationship. The Railway Labor Act was enacted by Congress in 1926. This act was designed to resolve disputes between railroad owners and workers in order to mediate and resolve issues before they escalate and slow or stop rail commerce, in other words to keep American society moving. In 1936 the Railway Act was amended to guarantee railroad employees the right to unionize and also created a permanent, National Mediation Board. Furthermore, it was extended to cover the emerging airline industry and later applied to the economics of transportation which often relies on mediation (Holley, W.H., Jennings, K.M., & Wolters, R.S., 2012). The labor movement gained momentum after the…

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