The ACCA, NAHB and Associated General Contractors are fighting a proposal to require contractors that work on private buildings follow federal prevailing wage laws.
The ACCA, NAHB and Associated General Contractors of America
are fighting a proposal to require contractors that work on private buildings
follow federal prevailing wage laws.
The clause, part of the Building Star Energy Efficiency Act currently in the U.S.
House, would require privately funded projects qualifying for energy-efficiency
rebates under the bill pay wages and benefits no less than what is customary
for work in the region.
groups, including the Air Conditioning Contractors of America and the National
Association of Home Builders, sent a letter June 7 to members of Congress decrying
the clause, calling it an “unprecedented” expansion of a law designed for
federal projects into the private market.
"Extending Davis-Bacon in this
manner will seriously undermine the compelling policy objectives that Building
Star rebates were designed to address in the first place -- namely, creating
jobs, reducing energy use, lowering greenhouse gas emissions, and curbing our
national dependence on foreign fuel supplies," the groups wrote.
The Davis-Bacon Act is the 1931 federal
law establishing that local wages be paid on public works projects in most circumstances.
Paul Stalknecht, president and
chief executive of the ACCA, said that while his group supports many of the
goals of the legislation, it cannot support the bill in current form.
"Unfortunately, the legislation that
was introduced turned what could have been a good start into a non-starter,” he
said. “ACCA will strongly oppose any attempt to expand cumbersome, archaic
Davis-Bacon rules into the private marketplace."