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Unions Back In The Fight

Publication Date: 
February 22, 2007
Chicago Tribune
Stephen Franklin

Professor William Gould commented on the recent proposed changes in labor law improving the relations between big business and the unions.

... William Gould, a former head of the NLRB in the 1990s, supports some of the reforms, saying the "secret-ballot election is badly broke."

"It is the old problem of justice delayed is justice denied," said Gould, a labor law professor at Stanford University. He cited figures which show that it took an average of 802 days for the NLRB to resolve a disputed election in 2005, and 1,232 days in cases dealing with labor law violations.

Still, Gould said he has some doubts about card-check elections, and suggested that some controls would be needed to protect workers.