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Friday, November 04, 2005

other things Bush has backed down on....

Over at jim hancock's blog, he points out that Bush had reinstated the Davis Bacon act in September. Way to look for the sunshine Jim!

It looks like Social Security and Harriet Miers keep good company with Davis Bacon act. Bush had supended the Davis Bacon act, once Halliburton got the contract to rebuild most of Louisiana amidst Hurricane Katrina. Low wages for workers... BOO!

Davis Bacon Act:

requires that each contract over $2,000 to which the United States or the District of Columbia is a party for the construction, alteration, or repair of public buildings or public works shall contain a clause setting forth the minimum wages to be paid to various classes of laborers and mechanics employed under the contract. Under the provisions of the Act, contractors or their subcontractors are to pay workers employed directly upon the site of the work no less than the locally prevailing wages and fringe benefits paid on projects of a similar character. The Davis-Bacon Act directs the Secretary of Labor to determine such local prevailing wage rates.

In addition to the Davis-Bacon Act itself, Congress has added prevailing wage provisions to approximately 60 statutes which assist construction projects through grants, loans, loan guarantees, and insurance. These "related Acts" involve construction in such areas as transportation, housing, air and water pollution reduction, and health. If a construction project is funded or assisted under more than one Federal statute, the Davis-Bacon prevailing wage provisions may apply to the project if any of the applicable statutes requires payment of Davis-Bacon wage rates.


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