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National Mediation Board proposes new arbitration rules


The National Mediation Board (NMB) recently proposed rule changes for governing railroad grievance arbitration.

The proposed rule changes include a new requirement that, in order to be paid with public funds, arbitrators must resolve arbitrations within one year from the date when the notices are filed, unless a waiver is granted by the NMB director of arbitration services.

The changes also would bar assigning additional cases to arbitrators who do not meet specified time frames for processing cases.

Finally, NMB is proposing an arbitrator fee schedule to encourage parties to make more efficient use of the agency’s arbitration services.

The full text of the proposed rulemaking is available online at Comments should be submitted in writing by Sept. 8 to Roland Watkins, Director of Arbitration Services, National Mediation Board, 1301 K. St. NW, Suite 250 East, Washington, D.C. 20005. Comments also may be submitted via email at

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