Capitol Connection: April
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April 13, 2022

DOL Announces Proposed Changes to Davis-Bacon Regulations

The U.S Department of Labor (DOL) recently announced a proposed rule titled, “Updating the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts Regulations.” This announcement represents the first comprehensive review of Davis-Bacon in nearly 40 years. A 60-day comment period was provided, making all comments due on May 17. On March 28, IEC wrote to DOL asking it to extend the comment period an additional 60 days to provide the industry with enough time to develop thorough and comprehensive comments on this important proposal. In addition, House Committee on Education and Labor Republican Ranking Member Virginia Foxx, and Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Republican Ranking Member Richard Burr also sent a letter requesting the deadline be extended. IEC continues to assess the proposed rule and will be providing its input and suggested improvements.


House Holds Mark-Up of WIOA Legislation

Last week, the House Committee on Education and Labor held a mark-up of legislation that would reauthorize the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).  First signed into law in 2014, WIOA is designed to help job seekers access employment, education, training, and support services to succeed in the labor market and to match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy. The Jobs and Careers Coalition, of which IEC is a member, sent a letter with a list of concerns about the current legislation, including increased input from unions at the state and local level at the expense of the business community and a desire for less bureaucracy. IEC will continue to work to improve the bill as it moves through the legislative process.


Announcing the IEC Freedom Fund!

Our industry is under attack more than ever in Washington, DC. Project labor agreements, pro-union appointees at the National Labor Relations Board, and changes to Davis-Bacon all threaten IEC’s contractor members. To continue to promote and protect the merit shop philosophy, IEC has rebranded its Political Education Fund as the IEC Freedom Fund. This fund is designed to give the IEC more firepower in Washington to protect its merit shop, electrical contractors.


The IEC Freedom Fund has already had great successes recently, having helped the IEC:

  • Defeat the Biden administration’s COVID-19 vaccine-or-test mandate.
  • Produce educational resources to address union activity, like The Manager’s Practical Guide to Union Organizing.
  • Stop tax increases in the Build Back Better Act with pro-business advertisements in key battleground states.

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