Call this the debate over friendly UAW relations.
Legal departments from across the industry are facing off in a National Labor Relations Board debate about whether workers can challenge friendly card-check union recognition or whether they must wait a year to do so.
More than 20 groups have filed legal briefs on the issue. Some of the groups say that once a company and a union informally agree to work together, disgruntled employees shouldn't be allowed to file complaints quickly and demand a decertification.
Others are telling the NLRB that workers should be allowed to block any union certification that is approved without a secret-ballot election.
The labor board agreed to consider the question after an anti-union group, the National Right to Work Foundation, filed complaints about the ease with which the UAW gained representation of a Dana Corp. plant in Upper Sandusky, Ohio, in December.
A worker there filed suit to block union representation.