With a renewed focus on rebuilding the nation’s infrastructure, Congress must also support policies that rebuild middle-class jobs in the United States.
Fortunately, the historically bipartisan Davis-Bacon Act already does just that for craft workers on public construction projects. The law creates a level playing field for all contractors by ensuring that taxpayer dollars maintain and reflect local area standards for wages and benefits. The main purpose of the Davis-Bacon Act is to support American families and ensure that the federal government cannot use its massive purchasing power to undercut and depress local market wages.
Recently, however, some politicians have set their sights on amending the Davis-Bacon Act with a policy change that would result in a pay cut for America’s middle-class construction workers.