The Associated Builders and Contractors have given its support to former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney in the GOP presidential primary.
The Associated Builders and
Contractors have given its support to former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney
in his effort to be the 2012 Republican presidential candidate.
“The election of Mitt Romney as president is a top priority
for the commercial and industrial construction industry and the millions of
Americans it employs,” said 2012 ABC national Chairman Eric Regelin, president
of Granix LLC in Ellicott City, Md. “He has articulated a clear position on
issues important to ABC members, including opposing federally mandated
project-labor agreements, returning the National Labor Relations Board to a
neutral arbiter of labor disputes and supporting the free-market, merit shop
During a speech before the association, Romney said he will
work to reduce the “unfair advantage” union-represented construction firms have
in securing work government work.
“If I become president of the United States I will curb the
practice we have in this country of giving union bosses an unfair advantage in
contracting," he said. "One of the first things I will do - actually on day one - is I
will end the government’s favoritism towards unions in contracting on federal
projects and end project-labor agreements.
“I also will make sure that workers in America have the
right to a secret ballot and I will fight for right-to-work laws,” Romney added.
The Associated Builders and Contractors oppose mandatory
union membership and laws that require union-level wages on government-funded
projects. It generally supports Republican candidates and issues.