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NECA Praises Defeat of King Amendment to Repeal Davis-Bacon Coverage

Jul 15, 2016

The National Electrical Contractors Association hailed the vote in Congress this week to reject the King amendment that would seek to repeal Davis-Bacon coverage on federal and federally-assisted projects.

The vote was 188-238, with 54 Republicans joining against the measure.

NECA sent a letter to every member of the House of Representatives to voice its opposition to amendment #64 to the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017 (H.R. 5538) on behalf of the its 4,000 member contractors.

Marco A. Giamberardino, NECA’s Executive Director of Government Affairs applauded the action in Congress to defeat the amendment.

The Davis-Bacon Act was enacted to establish local labor rates within construction projects contracted by the federal government,” Giamberardino said. “This Act requires public-works contractors to pay trades people no less than the wages that prevail on similar projects within the same region. Prevailing wages encourage contractors to compete for government work based on skill, safety, and efficiency rather than by cutting wages. Such laws allow good contractors to pay fair wages and hire well-qualified workers. Prevailing wage standards promote the use of the local labor force and help keep labor costs low by employing skilled labor to avoid cost overruns and safety problems. Prevailing wage regulations improve working conditions for all workers.” 


NECA is the nationally-recognized voice of the $130 billion electrical construction industry that brings power, light, and communication technology to buildings and communities across the U.S. NECA’s national office and its 119 local chapters are dedicated to enhancing the industry through continuing education, labor relations, safety codes, standards development, and government relations.