Will the US National Mediation Board (NMB) report that a "cooling off" period has begun for an airline pilot union and a major airline engaged in contract negotiations before 1 January 2024?
Closing Jan 01, 2024 08:01AM UTC
While American Airlines reached a tentative deal with its pilot union in May 2023, negotiations were still ongoing for United and Southwest (CNBC). Under the procedures laid out in the Railway Labor Act, which also governs airlines, the parties to a labor negotiation enter a "cooling-off" period once the National Mediation Board determines that mediation has failed to produce an agreement and either or both parties reject binding arbitration (Freight Waves, NMB - Collective Bargaining Flow Chart, NMB - Press Release re Railroad Workers Negotiations). For the purposes of this question, a "major airline" is Delta Air Lines, American Airlines, United Airlines, or Southwest Airlines.