Why so threatened by a union card?

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Author(s) Jonathan Chait
Source Los Angeles Times
Date March 4, 2007
URL http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-op-chait4mar04,0,2476942.column
Quotes-start.png "Generally, it takes years for illegal union-busting firms to face any penalties and, even then, whatever fine they pay is often well worth the price of maintaining their bargaining power over the employees. In theory, it might be possible to create enough regulations with enough enforcement to ensure fair secret-ballot union elections. In reality, it's never going to happen. Hence, the card-check proposal, which would allow workers to organize on their own terms." Quotes-end.png

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This item argues for the position Act should be passed on the topic Employee Free Choice Act.