WASHINGTON — Three food retailers last week issued a proposal for compromise on controversial labor legislation, seeking to eliminate the “card check” component of the bills. Costco Wholesale Corp., Whole Foods Market and Starbucks Corp. formed the “Committee for a Level Playing Field for Union Elections” and outlined six principles for labor reform that they called a “third way” to resolve the two divergent views of the Employee Free Choice Act. “We favor fairness and believe that passage ...

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