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Labor's Favorite Bill Hits A Wall

Publication Date: 
March 23, 2009
Business Week
Jane Sasseen

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."