IBEW Supports Biden-Harris Administration’s Rule Strengthening Davis-Bacon Prevailing Wages

IBEW International President Kenneth W. Cooper issued the following statement commending the
Department of Labor’s final rule to update Davis-Bacon prevailing wage regulations:

“The Biden-Harris administration’s announcement updating Davis-Bacon is a victory for
construction workers across the country. The rule, announced yesterday by Vice President Kamala
Harris and Acting Department of Labor Secretary Julie Su, modernizes and strengthens the
prevailing wage regulations. It is proof once again, that union members are at the heart of the
Biden-Harris administration’s efforts to rebuild America by restoring the middle class.

“The final rule reverses Reagan-era changes that weakened the law’s original intent – ensuring that
federally funded or assisted projects support good-paying local jobs for local workers. For the past
40 years, a single low-wage contractor could depress wage rates on federal contracts. This rule
change will allow construction workers to gain ground they lost in the 1980s, increasing the wages
of millions and preventing low-road contractors from undercutting the workforce.

“The rule is especially significant given the major federal investments the Biden-Harris
administration has made through the Inflation Reduction Act, the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and
the CHIPS and Science Act, which will create hundreds of thousands of prevailing wage jobs for
IBEW members. The IBEW applauds this historic achievement and looks forward to continuing to
work with the Administration to ensure that federal investments support family-sustaining careers.”

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