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November 4, 2008    DOL Home > Compliance Assistance > By Topic > Union and Union Members > Federal Contractors and Urban Transit Grant Recipients Responsibilities   

Unions and Union Members:

Federal Contractors and Urban Transit Grant Recipients Responsibilities

 Frequently Asked Questions


Under Section 13(c) of the Federal Transit Act, an employer who receives federal mass transit funds must protect all covered mass transit employees affected by the use of the federal money. The U.S. Department of Labor must approve the arrangements made to protect these employees. For covered employees the arrangements include:

  • Preserving their rights and benefits;
  • Continuing their collective bargaining rights;
  • Protecting them against a worsening of their employment conditions;
  • Assuring jobs for employees of acquired mass transit systems;
  • Providing priority of reemployment if the employee is laid off or his job is eliminated; and
  • Providing paid training.






  • The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) - The NLRB is the federal agency that administers the National Labor Relations Act by conducting elections to determine whether or not employees want union representation and investigating and remedying unfair labor practices by employers and unions.
  • The National Mediation Board (NMB) - The NMB is an independent agency that performs a central role in facilitating harmonious labor-management relations within two of the nation's key transportation modes - the railroads and airlines. Pursuant to the Railway Labor Act, NMB programs provide an integrated dispute resolution process to effectively meet the statutory objective of minimizing work stoppages in the airline and railroad industries.


  • Employment Standards Administration (ESA)
    Office of Labor Management Standards (OLMS)

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    Washington, DC 20210
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