Weighing the Employee Free Choice Act

Source: Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times (Free Registration)

For big business, democracy in the workplace is generally compared to a horrific disease, like herpes or socialism. Therefore it's surprising to hear the U.S. Chamber of Commerce talking as though the future of the republic hinges on preserving the secret ballot for employees deciding whether to unionize. Here's Steven Law, the chamber's general counsel, on the subject of a bill that would allow workers to certify a union merely by signing authorization cards, rather than dropping slips of paper into a ballot box: "This is the most radical rewriting of labor law in 70 years," he told me last week. "People view it as a diminution of freedom."

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