Rather than push for nationalization, labor should push for the RLA to be abolished. Nationalizing the railroads brings up another hurdle; federal employees are aren't allowed to strike. That's a second order effect that could potentially harm rail workers.

Working in aviation my whole adult life, the act is everything you (and others) have said it is--it completely tilts power in favor of the company. There is very little incentive to bargain in good faith, or even bargain at all. Moving all workers to NLRB rules would be a (relatively) huge gain.

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