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“If you’re a small company, you can’t deal with this,” he said. “They don’t have the ability to deal with this thing, and they know it.”

Mr. Kline’s bill would give companies a minimum of 35 days after a petition is filed before a vote can be held. It would also give them a minimum of 14 days before any pre-election hearing, if there are issues surrounding the election that companies and unions cannot agree on.

“You want the employees to have time to hear the debate, hear both sides, and make an informed decisions. That doesn’t give them that,” Mr. Kline said. “That’s a big decision; you need more time to do it.”