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To All Members -6- October 15, 1942 confusing the issue. If the pilots are not equipped with a copy of their employment contract, they certainly will not know what their rights are and, therefore, will not be in a position to complain if such rights are violated. Now, while we are on the subject of laws, let's discuss for a moment another law enacted by Congress on April 10, 1936, at the insistence of the Air Line Pilots Association, which governs the carrier-pilot relations in the air carrier industry. This law is known as Title II of the Railway Labor Act, and is rather long and involved. All members have been furnished a copy which should be studied until it is thoroughly understood. This knowledge can't be gained by one or two readings. It is regarded by top-bracket labor representatives as the finest mediation and arbitration law ever written. The enactment of this legislation was secured by the Air Line Pilots Association after four years of most extensive effort and bitter struggle in Washington, which was fought at every turn by the air carriers and their representatives, particularly by the Air Transport Association. Unless you know this law and your rights under this law, it is a safe bet you will be taken advantage of by your employer. Recently, we noticed that in several instances, local pilot groups have gone in and made employment agreements with their company without going through the proper procedure for the making of such agreements or supplements thereto in accordance with the Railway Labor Act. Agreements that are made in this manner are not legally correct and have neither force nor effect if challenged. As near as we can figure out, the only reason the carriers desire to enter into such unlawful negotiations and contracts is because this sort of thing has a very high confusion and disruption creating value. In the first place, this law very carefully and clearly states that the representatives of the pilots and the representatives of the carriers must not interfere with each other in any way and it specifically states that the organization representing any group of workers must be a national organization, and it definitely legislates against company unions. In other words, in order to fix this part of the problem firmly in your mind, all ALPA members have given the Air Line Pilots Association authority to represent them by signing a power of attorney and ALPA is their lawful representative and is a national organization. As a matter or fact, it goes further -- it is really an international organization. Unless the ALPA represents you and its president signs the agreement that you make with the air carrier, such agreement is illegally negotiated and, in fact, is an irregular contract. The carriers know this but they, nevertheless, persist and continue to confuse the picture. Therefore, it is up to all air line pilots to know the Railway Labor Act, to abide by it, and to object the minute the carriers make a move anyplace to circumvent and violate the law. On Pan American, they have what is commonly referred to as a Policy of Employment which is something the company has put into effect arbitrarily and without lawful negotiation. Recently, it has come to our notice that this company is trying to pass this so-called (over)
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