The Associated Builders and Contractors are giving thumbs down to a National Labor Relations Board suggestion to shorten the time between a request for union representation and the workplace vote.

“This proposal is a solution in search of a problem,” said ABC Vice President of Government Affairs Geoff Burr. “Unions already are winning 64 percent of elections and more than 94 percent of those elections occur within 56 days—exceeding the NLRB’s own goals related to election timeframes.

“Shortening the election period does nothing to ensure a fairer election and it is clearly not necessary to help the NLRB meet its self-imposed goal for election timeframes,” Burr added. “In addition, it denies employers their rights to free speech and employees the opportunity to make a fully informed decision.

"With approximately 70,000 public comments against it and a successful defeat in court with the help of ABC and its coalition partners, it’s disappointing that the NLRB has doubled down on this failed ambush elections rule,” Burr said.