NABTU Praises the Biden Administration’s Proposal to Restore Middle-Class Wages for Construction Workers

DOL Regulations Will Restore Davis-Bacon to its Intended Bipartisan Purpose


Washington, D.C. – March 11, 2022 – North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU) President Sean McGarvey issued the following statement on the U.S. Department of Labor’s Davis-Bacon regulation proposal:  

“NABTU commends the Biden Administration for today’s proposal to bring the Davis-Bacon Act’s 41-year-old regulations into the 21st century.  The Davis-Bacon wage floor prevents cut-throat bidding practices from driving down local area labor standards on over $200 billion in federal and federally assisted projects that annually employ over 1.2 million U.S. construction workers.

“The proposed updates to the regulations will restore the Act’s intended bipartisan purpose to protect the hard-earned wages of construction workers, and in doing so, shield them from exploitation.  These efforts by President Biden, Secretary of Labor Walsh, and the entire Biden Administration mark the start of a new day for construction workers and their families.  As these working-class heroes embark on the mission to usher our nation’s aging infrastructure into the 21st century,  we applaud the Administration’s efforts to ensure they are paid 21st century wages.”