Capitol Connection: June
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June 9, 2022

IEC Submits Comments on Changes to Davis-Bacon Regulations

On May 17, IEC submitted comments in response to the proposed rulemaking by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to update the rules governing Davis-Bacon. This effort represents the first comprehensive review of Davis-Bacon in nearly 40 years. Many of the proposed changes would adversely affect IEC’s merit shop contractors along with their electricians and apprentices, while bolstering unions. The proposed changes included:

 

  • Reinstituting the 30% rule for wage calculation.
  • Expanding “site of the work” to include pre-fab done off-site.
  • Requiring phone numbers and emails of employees on certified payroll.
  • Eliminating separation between rural and urban areas in determining wage rates.

 

In its comments, IEC urged DOL to withdraw the rulemaking altogether and to abandon many of the proposed changes, included the ones listed above. Additionally, while DOL proposes to include regular updates utilizing Bureau of Labor Statistics data, it fails to propose using BLS data as a basis for wage determinations, which IEC supports. It’s not clear when the final rule will be issued.

 

IEC 2022 Virtual Hill Day

Citizen advocacy is an extremely important part of any association’s lobbying efforts. IEC urges chapters and members to reach out to congressional offices, if you haven’t done so already, to discuss setting up calls to adress the impact project labor agreements (PLA) and the JOBS Act would have on merit shop electrical contractors and their workforce.
 

If you or your chapter has already participated, please email Jason Todd at jtodd@ieci.org to inform IEC of the details of your meeting. For additional assistance, visit the Virtual Hill Day resource page.

 

Webinar: #MainStreetMeritShop – Advocacy in Your Backyard

The August recess is just around the corner, and members of Congress are making plans to spend it visiting with constituents. This is the perfect opportunity for local representatives to tour your apprenticeship program and visit with IEC members to discuss the challenges faced by the electrical industry and its workforce challenges.

 

Join IEC on Monday, June 27at 3:00 p.m. ET, as a panel of executive directors discuss their experiences with hosting a member of Congress at their chapters. Be sure to check your inbox for registration details!

 

Become an IEC Freedom Fund Sponsor Today!

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 champion and protect the merit shop philosophy, IEC has rebranded its Political Education Fund as the IEC Freedom Fund. This fund is designed to give IEC more firepower in Washington to help 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.

 

Become a Freedom Fund Patriot Sponsor by donating online today!

 

2022 Freedom Fund Patriot Sponsors

Platinum Plus
 
CenTex IEC
 
IEC Atlanta/Georgia
 
IEC Florida West Coast
 
IEC Ft. Worth/Tarrant County
 
IEC Rocky Mountain
 
 
Silver
 
Ace Electric, Inc. 
 
IEC Greater Cincinnati
Bronze
 
Correct Electric, Inc.
 
JSA Electric, Inc.
 
Williams Electric
 

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