In a recent letter to the Senate, SMACNA urged lawmakers to support the Davis-Bacon Act and prevailing wage coverage as part of the debate on S. Con. Res. 3 and to reject repeal amendments offered by Senator Flake (R-AZ). By voting down the Flake amendment and any additional proposed legislation attacking Davis-Bacon, SMACNA feels the Senate will speak in a strong bipartisan voice to support common sense economics, construction quality and productivity, and will be showing its commitment to labor standards on important federal construction contracts. The prevailing wage law is VERY important to SMACNA's thousands of firms and their hundreds of thousands of highly skilled construction and construction related employees, as well as countless quality conscious project managers.
SMACNA believes federal law and federal construction procurement standards should continue to recognize the importance and economic merit in prevailing wages as part of any quality based public procurement policy. Federal, state and local prevailing wage laws encourage employers to:
- Pay a locally prevailing wage
- Offer health care coverage to their employees and their families
- Provide for the future retirement of their employees, and
- Make a significant investment in the future by training a skilled and safety conscious workforce.
Support of prevailing wages on public infrastructure represents a necessary commitment to construction quality as well as the labor and security standards necessary on federal projects. SMACNA feels that amendments designed to undercut prevailing wages are driven by misguided politics rather than smart economics and quality driven federal procurement standards.