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Unions Back In The Fight

Publication Date: 
February 22, 2007
Source: 
Chicago Tribune
Author: 
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.