Under the following section, the National Mediation Board holds separate collective agreements for different categories of workers within the same bargaining unit. In May 1993, after more than three years of negotiations, Alaska Airlines AFA members faced a 30-day cooling-off period.  By June 1993, the cooling-off period of the Railway Work Act had expired. The first CHAOS strike occurred in Seattle when three cabin crew members departed an Alaska Airlines flight just before the passengers boarded.  A month later, another cabin crew crew refused the last flight from Las Vegas.  A few weeks later, the AFA defeated five flights simultaneously in the San Francisco area.  On July 17, 2012, the AFA won a replacement election for a combined trading unit of approximately 1,500 flight attendants resulting from the merger of Pinnacle Airlines, Colgan Air and Mesaba Airlines. On October 25, 2011, Omni Air International cabin crew voted by far to elect the AFA in its union. With approximately 500 flight attendants flying international charter flights, Omni is headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
A third category of litigation not at issue in this case is that of “large” disputes that must be resolved through a complex and lengthy negotiation and conciliation process. See generally Consolidated Rail Corp. v. Railway Labor Executives` Ass`n, 491 U.S. 299, 302-03 (1989). CHICAGO, November 12, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — United Airlines today announced changes to its MileagePlus program® Prime Minister® that will make it easier to achieve 2022 status in 2021. Next year, United will lower the thresholds for Premier Qualification Points (PQP) and Premier Qualification Flights (PQF) and launch the first actions of this type that will help members achieve their status more quickly. Early next year, United will only pay 25% of the marginal requirements for the PQP on the accounts of the Prime Minister`s members on the basis of their status as Prime Minister for 2021. United will also give members a PQP bonus for their first three flights in 2021 until March 31 to help their flights achieve their status. “United`s imminent return to JFK while operations continue at Newark Liberty and LaGuardia airports will provide more opportunities for transcontinental flights, just as travelers will return to the skies,” said Kevin O`Toole, President of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
“At the beginning of the recovery, we welcome these expanded options for those who decide to enter and exit port authority airports.” A letter agreement between the parties in 1986, which is the source of United`s purported contractual obligation, provides that the parties do not agree on the correct characterization of their dispute. The AFA claims that this is a “small” quarrel, while United maintains that it is a quarrel of representation. The Railway Works Act (RLA) provides for different procedures to resolve “minor” disputes and representation disputes. “Minor” disputes “whether the meaning or proper application of a specific provision” of a collective agreement, Consolidated Rail Corp. v. Railway Labor Executives` Ass`n, 491 U.S. 299, 303 (1989) (citation ing Elgin, J.E. Ry.
Co. v. Burley, 325 U.S. 711, 723 (1945) must be referred to an arbitration tribunal before an adaptation system committee for a “definitive and binding” solution. See Air Line Pilots Ass`n, Int`l v. Eastern Air Lines, Inc., 869 F.2d 1518, 1520-21 (D.C. Cir. 1989). The district court has jurisdiction to enforce the resolution of such disputes. See Western Airlines, Inc. v. International Bhd.
of Teamsters, 480 U.S. 1301, 1302 (O`Connor, J.), Motion denied, 481 U.S. 1002 (1987); Association of Flight Attendants v. Delta Air Lines, Inc., 879 F.2d 906, 917 (D.C. Cir. 1989), cert. On the other hand, issues of representation fall within the exclusive jurisdiction of the Committee to review and decide, if any, and, as a general rule, are not subject to any judicial review.