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in a particular classification, a wage rate will be considered
prevailing if it is paid to at least 30 percent of such workers.
DOL also proposes to expand the scope of prevailing
wage requirements. Payment of prevailing wages to workers
currently applies to performing duties at the " site of the
work. " The rule seeks to expand the definition of site
of the work to include sites that are currently excluded,
including off-site construction of " significant portions " of a
prefabricated building.
According to DOL, these changes will " increase efficiency
and reduce confusion for the regulated community where projects
are covered by both federal and local or state prevailing
wage laws and contractors are already familiar with complying
with the local or State prevailing wage requirement. "
Any, all qualified needed
Most construction associations represents both union and
merit shop contractors, and the reality is that the traditional
argument of " labor vs. merit shop, " should take a back seat to
addressing a much more the formidable problem of filling the
gap between the workforce available and what's needed to get
the job done.
Importantly, industry groups have lined up against requiring
PLAs on federal infrastructure projects and other overzealous
labor policies. This not a debate about union vs merit shop labor
- it's about ensuring we have enough skilled labor to meet
the unprecedented demand coming our way.
In the wake of the IIJA, where America anticipates unprecedented
funding in a range of markets, most of the construction
industry have opposed passage of the " Build Back Better " (BBB)
legislation, which has little to do with building and will only set
America back by picking favorites when it comes to the workforce
needed to meet this unprecedented construction challenge.
While the BBB bill, as passed by the House last year does not
include language that directly requires government-mandated
project labor agreements (PLAs) that would unnecessarily cut
out merit-shop construction entities. However, it did include
provisions that favor union labor and would exacerbate the
already formidable workforce capacity challenges facing the
construction industry.
This would set a very disturbing precedent, and Congress
must recognize the detriments of policy proposals that would
effectively cut out non-union labor at a time when the industry
already struggles to provide the workforce needed to meet demand.
In addition, language that would allow for personal liability
for corporate officers and executives for violation of labor
law is overreaching and will result in unnecessary litigation.
One only needs to look back at the criticisms of the American
Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, when " shovel-ready "
projects were compromised by overzealous federal policies
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that hampered key infrastructure improvement projects. We
encourage Congress to enact policies that would allow and encourage
all construction entities to bid on American infrastructure
improvement projects.
While the BBB bill, doesn't stand much of a chance in the
remaining months of the 117th Congress, efforts to promote
government-mandated PLAs that would unnecessarily cut out
merit-shop construction entities continue to be rolled out.
One of the biggest challenges facing the construction industry
is the lack of enough workers in the market to meet the
ever-increasing demand for the construction of broadband infrastructure.
The importance of keeping Americans connected
and while completing many other vital infrastructure projects
only exacerbates our workforce capacity challenges at a time
when demand continues to rise. UC
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