In a conference call yesterday, former National Labor Relations Board Chairman Peter Schaumber said the “quickie elections” proposed by the NLRB Tuesday will hurt employers and lead to uninformed voters.

Schaumber, who was appointed to the NLRB in 2002 by President George W. Bush and stepped down in 2009, railed against the proposed rules, saying they will deprive employers the opportunity to express any opposition and deprive employees the chance to make informed decisions.

Schaumber and the lone Republican on the NLRB, Brian E. Hayes, said the rules would result in union elections lasting only 10 to 21 days. Schaumber and Hayes both contend the shorter elections are designed to help unions win representation by hamstringing employers’ ability to argue and file challenges and objections to union tactics during the elections.

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