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(Inc.) — The very idea of a union could cause some small-business owners to shiver in their shoes. Such a reaction stems from the fear that a union’s collective power may force higher wages, delay work in the case of a strike, and ultimately damage the bottom line.  Several small business organizations, in turn, are outspoken in their opposition of unions.  The National Federation of Independent Business, for example, opposes the stalled Employee Free Choice Act, or so-called “Card-Check” Act in Congress, which would make it easier for employees to form unions by allowing them to simply show their employers that a majority of employees favor union representation. As it stands, an employer can insist on a secret ballot election.

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