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Labor Bill Faces Threat In Senate

Publication Date: 
March 10, 2009
Source: 
The Wall Street Journal
Author: 
Melanie Trottman and Bill Mullins

Professor William B. Gould IV is quoted in The Wall Street Journal in an article about the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA), a labor reform bill that is expected to be reintroduced in Congress this week. There has been much debate over the card-check provision of the proposed legislation. The Wall Street Journal writes:

Bill Gould, former chairman of the National Labor Relations Board under President Bill Clinton, suggested replacing the card-check provision with secret-ballot elections that take place within five to 10 days after a union files a petition with the NLRB, quicker than they currently do. He also said government-appointed arbitrators should be called upon only when talks have completely failed.

With automatic arbitration, he said, the side with less leverage in negotiations will have little incentive to bargain. Mr. Gould, now a professor at Stanford University Law School, said he has been contacted by the staff of several Senators, "reflecting some unease about the legislation as it's drawn now."

He declined to say whose staff had called him.