November 6, 2015
Unified Building Trades Effort
Saves Federal Prevailing Wage
With 54 Republicans joining Democrats, an effort to repeal the Davis-Bacon Act that ensures prevailing wage for construction workers on federal public works projects was defeated this week in the House of Representatives. The vote came in the form of an amendment to the House transportation funding bill, and if successful, would have ended prevailing wage on federally funded transportation projects.
We are grateful for the leadership and concerted efforts of national Building Trades President Sean McGarvey and Secretary-Treasurer Brent Booker for helping persuade so many Republicans to join Democrats in supporting decent wages for working people.
SBCTC President Robbie Hunter stated: “This victory was the result of a united Building Trades effort to reach out and convince Congress members of both parties from across the country to vote in the best interests of working people. This reflects a concerted effort of the Building Trades, both at the national and state level, here in California, to reach across the political divide to bring more Republican representatives to side with the millions of blue collar workers of the Building Trades in the future, both at the state and federal level.”