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April 9, 1989
Leverett Edwards, 87, a 20-year member of the National Mediation Board who helped avert or settle dozens of national railway and airline strikes. Edwards, an Oklahoma lawyer, began serving on emergency presidential mediation boards in the 1940s. In 1950, President Harry S. Truman appointed him to the three-member National Mediation Board. He was named again to the panel by Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson and served several terms as its chairman.
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March 30, 2012 | By Jon Healey
The overwhelming vote by union members to merge the two top actors' guilds made me think I was wrong to side with the GOP on the issue of railway and airline unions. Republicans on Capitol Hill, particularly those in the House, are eager to overturn the National Mediation Board's reinterpretation of a key provision of a federal law governing railroad and airline workers. The law states that a majority of any craft or class of workers has the right to form a union, and the board had long considered "majority" to mean more than half of the workers eligible to vote on the issue.
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BUSINESS
September 11, 2003 | From Bloomberg News
Southwest Airlines Co. asked the National Mediation Board to help the company reach a contract with its flight attendants after 16 months of talks. Concluding an agreement with Transport Workers Union Local 556, which represents the 7,200 attendants, no longer appears possible "without outside assistance," Chief Executive James Parker said. The airline said it expected a mediator to set a schedule and ground rules for future sessions.
NEWS
March 30, 1986
Union leaders said they welcome federal intervention in the rail strike that has disrupted commuter service in eastern Massachusetts for two weeks. The National Mediation Board summoned both sides to a meeting this Tuesday in Washington in an attempt to settle a strike by Maine Central Railroad workers that spilled into Massachusetts.
BUSINESS
August 23, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Union Loses Bid to Represent Federal Express Pilots: The Air Line Pilots Assn. narrowly lost a bid to represent about 2,300 Federal Express pilots, the National Mediation Board said. The union fell 23 votes short in a mail-in ballot, the board said. There were 2,279 pilots eligible to vote, but only 1,117 sent in ballots in favor of a union. Under the board's procedures, half of the eligible employees plus one must send in ballots favoring a union.
BUSINESS
June 28, 1989
Pilots Union Seeks Mediation: The Air Line Pilots Assn. asked federal mediators to intervene in talks with strikebound Eastern Airlines, a request that could complicate the troubled carrier's plans to reorganize. The union made the request of the National Mediation Board even as it continued negotiations with Eastern in talks ordered by the bankruptcy judge overseeing the airline, which filed for protection from its creditors after its machinists union struck in March. A Mediation Board spokesman said the request had not been logged in as of the close of business.
BUSINESS
April 9, 2001
* Northwest Airlines Corp., the nation's fourth-largest airline, and its mechanics union continued contract talks Sunday as a Presidential Emergency Board prepared to issue recommendations to settle the 4-year-old dispute over pay and benefits. Northwest and the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Assn. resumed discussions Saturday for the first time since negotiations collapsed in March and President Bush intervened to stop a threatened strike.
BUSINESS
February 24, 2000 | Associated Press
The clock has begun ticking in a possible showdown between US Airways and the union representing its flight attendants. The National Mediation Board has started a 30-day cooling-off period. If no deal is reached, the carrier's 10,000 attendants will be free to walk off the job at 12:01 a.m. EST on March 25. But in a letter to employees, US Airways officials vowed to ground the airline rather than endure the surprise strikes threatened by the Assn. of Flight Attendants.
BUSINESS
November 17, 1998 | Associated Press
Representatives from FDX Corp.'s Federal Express and its pilots union met with the National Mediation Board in Washington as the government sought to get the two sides talking. FedEx spokesman Greg Rossiter said the Washington meeting was called by the mediation board and did not lead to any new dates for formal negotiations. "This was strictly an informal discussion with the NMB, at least on our part. This was not a negotiation," Rossiter said.
BUSINESS
February 27, 1997 | From Associated Press
The special board appointed by President Clinton to mediate the pilots dispute at American Airlines is set to begin meeting today. Three arbitrators are to hear the dispute and devise a way to resolve the pay and job security disagreements that led to a pilots strike Feb. 15. The strike was only minutes old when Clinton intervened by establishing the emergency board and sending the pilots back to work. The board, which meets in Washington, is to report its recommendations March 17.
BUSINESS
August 23, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Union Loses Bid to Represent Federal Express Pilots: The Air Line Pilots Assn. narrowly lost a bid to represent about 2,300 Federal Express pilots, the National Mediation Board said. The union fell 23 votes short in a mail-in ballot, the board said. There were 2,279 pilots eligible to vote, but only 1,117 sent in ballots in favor of a union. Under the board's procedures, half of the eligible employees plus one must send in ballots favoring a union.
BUSINESS
February 24, 2000 | Associated Press
The clock has begun ticking in a possible showdown between US Airways and the union representing its flight attendants. The National Mediation Board has started a 30-day cooling-off period. If no deal is reached, the carrier's 10,000 attendants will be free to walk off the job at 12:01 a.m. EST on March 25. But in a letter to employees, US Airways officials vowed to ground the airline rather than endure the surprise strikes threatened by the Assn. of Flight Attendants.
BUSINESS
June 28, 1989
Pilots Union Seeks Mediation: The Air Line Pilots Assn. asked federal mediators to intervene in talks with strikebound Eastern Airlines, a request that could complicate the troubled carrier's plans to reorganize. The union made the request of the National Mediation Board even as it continued negotiations with Eastern in talks ordered by the bankruptcy judge overseeing the airline, which filed for protection from its creditors after its machinists union struck in March. A Mediation Board spokesman said the request had not been logged in as of the close of business.
NEWS
April 9, 1989
Leverett Edwards, 87, a 20-year member of the National Mediation Board who helped avert or settle dozens of national railway and airline strikes. Edwards, an Oklahoma lawyer, began serving on emergency presidential mediation boards in the 1940s. In 1950, President Harry S. Truman appointed him to the three-member National Mediation Board. He was named again to the panel by Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson and served several terms as its chairman.
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