Richard S. Edelman
Rich Edelman has worked to protect and advance the rights of working people and their unions before courts, administrative agencies, arbitrators and Congress for over thirty years.
Since 1986, Rich has represented various railroad and airline unions in the Federal District Courts and Courts of Appeals in actions to preserve and enforce collective bargaining agreements under the Railway Labor Act, and to protect the rights of workers under the Norris LaGuardia Act to strike in response to unilateral changes in agreements. Rich has appeared before the Surface Transportation Board and Courts of Appeals in cases involving major railroad transactions such as mergers, line sales and abandonments, including efforts to enforce the rights of workers under employee protective conditions that have been, or should have been, imposed in such transactions. Rich has also handled National Mediation Board proceedings involving employee designation of representatives for collective bargaining; and employee protection cases under the Federal Transit Act, in arbitration, Department of Labor proceedings, and state courts. Rich also represents aviation workers in licensing cases under the Federal Aviation Act in FAA and National Transportation Safety Board proceedings. Additionally, Rich has assisted unions in their lobbying efforts to bolster employee rights under the Railway Labor Act and Interstate Commerce Act. He has also done litigation, arbitration and negotiations work for Postal Workers represented by the American Postal Workers Union and the National Postal Professional Nurses under the Postal Reorganization Act and National Labor Relations Act.
Between 1981 and 1986, Rich worked for the National Treasury Employees Union. There he represented Internal Revenue Service and Customs Service workers and the union in arbitrations, negotiations, Merit Systems Protection Board cases, and Federal Labor Relations Authority proceedings under the Civil Service Reform Act. Rich also handled Federal District Court and Court of Appeals litigation for NTEU under the CSRA and the Administrative Procedure Act. From 1979 to 1981 Mr. Edelman was an associate with a New York City firm that represented hotel and restaurant employees and baggage handlers and security guards in matters before the National Labor Relations Board, in arbitrations and in Federal District courts.
Rich has a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University, and a J.D. degree from Boston University School of Law. He is a frequent speaker at ABA sponsored Railway Labor Act continuing legal education classes and seminars; and he often provides Railway Labor Act, Interstate Commerce Act, Federal Transit Act and Federal Aviation Act training to union officers.