SMACNA Applauds Effort to Update and Enhance Enforcement of the Davis-Bacon Act

Washington, DC (March 11, 2022) — The Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association (SMACNA), The Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors' National Association (SMACNA) is supported by more than 3,500 construction firms specializing in industrial, commercial, residential, architectural and specialty sheet metal and air conditioning construction in public and private markets throughout the United States. SMACNA members and allied quality driven contractors understand that any major investment in public infrastructure should recognize the extreme importance and value in prevailing wages as part of any quality based public procurement policy. From decades of experience SMACNA member firms understand the merit in a procurement policy that encourages employers to provide a skilled workforce quality wages, benefits, and training.   
SMACNA contractors and chapter executives have long been strong and outspoken advocates for Davis-Bacon regulatory reforms. We appreciate that prevailing wage laws seek to prevent the federal government from undermining local economies and prevailing local employment and training practices by reflecting local conditions.  We offer the Department of Labor our robust support for their long overdue efforts to reflect the views of federal contractors featuring the most skilled workforce that bid and win federal contracts every day. Our firms well understand the shortcomings of the Act since misguided and outdated reforms were made decades ago seemingly designed to limit the effectiveness of the Act and its clear and specific statutory intent. Many of these so-called reforms in the past undermined the intent of the Act and led to the frustration of those most supportive of paying prevailing wages and boosting registered apprenticeship. 
SMACNA members appreciate DOL’s tireless efforts to reform the Davis-Bacon Act and offer to provide the Wage and Hour Division with our best counsel and input as they carefully reconsider the critical role prevailing wage standards play in expanding a well-trained, highly skilled, and productive construction workforce.   


SMACNA is an international trade association representing 3,500 contributing contractor firms and is a leader in promoting quality and excellence in the sheet metal and air conditioning industry. SMACNA members are responsible for effectively delivering the clean air Americans breathe in offices, homes, and hospitals; for many of the attractive facades you see on today’s stadiums and office buildings; and for the comfortable, healthy, and safe living environments in which our citizens live out their daily lives. SMACNA has national offices in Chantilly, Va., outside of Washington, D.C., and on Capitol Hill. For more information, visit