NATIONAL MEDIATION BOARD
Washington, D.C. 20572
In the matter of the
CSX TRANSPORTATION, INC.
25 NMB No. 52
CASE NO. R-6585
(File No. M-32)
February 10, 1998
On September 8, 1992, CSX Transportation, Inc. (CSXT) filed a letter pursuant to the Board's Procedures for Handling Representation Issues Resulting from Mergers, Acquisitions or Consolidations in the Railway Industry, 17 NMB 44 (1989) (Railroad Merger Procedures). In its letter CSXT informed the Board that it had filed for approval to control Three Rivers Railway Company. According to CSXT, Three Rivers was formed to acquire most of the rail properties of the Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Railroad Company.
In cases commenced under the Railroad Merger Procedures, the Board typically determined whether the corporate entities had sufficiently integrated their operations such as to constitute a single transportation system. Once that issue was resolved, the Board would then address the representation consequences of the establishment of the single transportation system.
This matter was held in abeyance pending the litigation in Railway Labor Executives Ass'n v. NMB, 29 F.3d 655 (D.C. Cir.), amended, 38 F.3d 1224 (1994), cert. denied, 514 U.S. 1392 (1995).
In RLEA v. NMB, supra, the Court of Appeals held that neither carriers, nor the Board sua sponte, could initiate representation investigations under Section 2, Ninth of the Act. 29 F.3d at 666. The Court specifically recognized that the Board's jurisdiction could be invoked by unions acting on behalf of employees. RLEA, 29 F.3d at 669 n.8. On remand, the District Court declared only that the Railroad Merger Procedures were "invalid insofar as they permit the National Mediation Board, either sua sponte or at the request of a carrier, to investigate employee representational disputes." RLEA v. NMB, No. 89-3306, slip op. at 2 (D.D.C. June 30, 1995). See also Consolidated Rail Corporation/Monongahela Railway Company, 25 NMB 178 (1998), Delaware and Hudson Railway Company, Inc., 25 NMB 176 (1998), and Simmons Airlines, 25 NMB 168 (1998).
The Railroad Merger Procedures previously permitted carriers to invoke the Board's services. The jurisdictional principles of RLEA are pertinent to the Board's threshold power to commence an investigation pursuant to Section 2, Ninth of the Act. Accordingly, carriers may not invoke the Board's services under the Railroad Merger Procedures for the jurisdictional reasons enunciated in RLEA v. NMB. The Railroad Merger Procedures remain valid when they are invoked by a labor organization. See, e.g., Illinois and Midland Railroad Company, 25 NMB 57 (1997).
Because CSXT invoked the Railroad Merger Procedures which led to the commencement of this investigation, this matter must be dismissed. The Board's File Number M-32 is converted to R-6585 and is hereby dismissed.
By direction of the NATIONAL MEDIATION BOARD.
Stephen E. Crable
Chief of Staff