Labor's Favorite Bill Hits A Wall
Professor William B. Gould IV is quoted in Business Week in an article about the current legislative battle brewing over the Employee Free Choice Act:
Card check is the nickname for a legislative proposal by labor to make it easier for workers to unionize. Today companies can demand that workers who want a union vote by secret ballot. Labor officials instead want workers to opt for union representation simply by signing a card. Once 51% of the workers had signed a pro-union card, the company would have to ink a contract with the union within 120 days--or face binding arbitration.
"There is searching [for a solution] going on," says William B. Gould IV, a former head of the National Labor Relations Board who now teaches at Stanford Law School. Gould has discussed alternatives with the staff of Senator Arlen Specter (R-Pa.). Adds Gould: "It's unclear at this point what the precise substance will be, but people are looking for options."