Remote control hearing nears

Neutral picks carrier tie-breaking method for remote control arbitration

On August 16, Francis X. Quinn, the Procedural Neutral in the remote control arbitration, resolved a procedural issue regarding breaking a tie should one arise in arbitration.

Quinn chose the method put forth by the carriers. The carriers proposed that a second neutral be appointed to the board, who would attend all board hearings and consider the written filings, but who would not participate in the board's executive sessions or deliberations. The neutral would cast a sealed vote that would be used only in the case of a deadlock.

The BLE had proposed that the neutral chairman's vote would be the determinative one in case of a deadlock.

The United Transportation Union had proposed that no tie-breaking mechanism be established and that no award could be issued without agreement of a majority of the four person board.

The partisan members of the board will be BLE International President Don M. Hahs, National Carrier's Conference Committee Chairman Robert Allen and UTU International President Byron Boyd.


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