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major dispute n
: a labor dispute that pursuant to the Railway Labor Act concerns the making or modification rather than the interpretation of a collective bargaining agreement called also new contract dispute; compare minor dispute NOTE: Under the Railway Labor Act, which is also referred to in airline cases, a major dispute must go to mediation or arbitration if necessary.
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