SMACNA Applauds DOL’s Historic Davis-Bacon Act Reforms

Updates will allow union sheet metal contractors to compete on a level playing field with non-union competitors and assist in efforts to address workforce shortages.

SMACNA applauds the Department of Labor’s much-needed updated reforms to the Davis-Bacon Act. SMACNA members and allied quality driven contractors understand that any major investment in public infrastructure should recognize the extreme importance and merit in prevailing wages as part of any quality based public procurement policy. From decades of experience SMACNA member firms understand the merit in a public procurement policy that encourages employers to provide a skilled workforce quality wages, benefits, and training.   

These are long overdue efforts that reflect the views of federal contractors featuring the most skilled workforce that bid and win federal contracts every day.

DOL’s decision final rule makes this process easier by giving Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Administrator the express authority to adopt prevailing wages determined by state and local governments, issue wage determinations for labor classifications where insufficient data was received through the wage survey process and update outdated wage rates.

SMACNA members appreciate DOL’s tireless efforts to reform the Davis-Bacon Act and understand the critical role prevailing wage standards play in expanding a well-trained, highly skilled, and productive construction workforce. 

To read SMACNA’s full statement on the Davis Bacon Reforms. Click here.