As an Airline employee, are you aware some of your work rules also come under the Railway Labor Act in addition to Federal Aviation Regulations?
In the 1800s, some Railroad workers were treated terribly, working in onerous dangerous conditions, so the government, recognizing the value of rail transportation in commerce, and the effect it had on the nation's economy, passed the Railway Labor Act to protect railroad workers & mainly to avoid interruption of commerce..
In the early 1900s the fledgling Aviation business did not treat airline workers much better than railroads had, so Congress, rather than write a whole new set of laws put the new transportation industry under the Railway Labor Act with some modifications appropriate to the new industry.
Railroad workers make up 1 of 3 of the strongest unions today. When and if there is a strike with 1 railroad, watch how quickly they all stop working in sympathy and what happens and how our government can quickly act, ending the strike by invoking the PEB or Presidential Emergency Board, exercising some extreme powers to end a strike quickly (in days).
In fact, in the history of the country, in every labor strike involving the Transportation Industry (Rail & Air) Pres. G. H. W. Bush (Sr.) chose only once NOT to invoke the PEB, & that was in the Eastern Airlines strike of March 1989 which later ended up aiding in the demise of the Airline. The Airline Industry workers of the other airlines did not learn from their predecessors in the Transportation Industry; the railway workers and the Longshoreman (seaport workers). Sticking together creates power.
If your company finds itself with a strike, and one hears mention of the PEB, be aware, if invoked, workers are ordered back to work under the rules/pay in effect at the time of the strike. There is forced mediation and if not successful then it is settled by a vote of Congress! Workers refusing to return to work can and will be imprisoned!
There are some interesting books on the subject, but we thought you should know this bit of info as most airline workers never knew this.