Which employers must comply with the Railway Labor Act (RLA)?

Author: Melissa Gonzalez Boyce, XpertHR Legal Editor

Under the RLA, employers are referred to as carriers. The term carrier includes railway and airline companies as well as any company that is directly or indirectly controlled by, or under common control with, a railway or airline carrier that falls under the coverage of the RLA. The RLA specifically excludes "trucking service" and most "street, interurban or suburban electric railways" from its coverage. However, if a trucking company almost exclusively performs services for a railway carrier, the trucking exemption may not apply.