(a) The disputes between an employee or group of employees and a carrier or carriers
growing out of grievances or out of the interpretation or application of agreements
concerning rates of pay, rules, or working conditions, including cases pending and
unadjusted on the date of approval of this act (June 21, 1934, 48 Stat. 1185; 45 U.S.C. 151–162), shall be handled in the usual manner up to and including the chief operating officer
of the carrier designated to handle such disputes; but, failing to reach an adjustment
in this manner, the disputes may be referred by petition of the parties or by either
party to the appropriate division of the Adjustment Board with a full statement of
the facts and all supporting data bearing upon the disputes.
(b) No petition shall be considered by any division of the Board unless the subject matter
has been handled in accordance with the provisions of the Railway Labor Act, approved
June 21, 1934.
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