Liberals in Iowa are fighting hard to protect a law that was enacted in 1931 to protect organized labor from competition by African Americans who often were excluded from union membership.
The Davis-Bacon Law was designed to require construction contractors to pay “prevailing wages”, union wage scales, on federal projects. It was passed with the specific intent of preventing non-unionized black and immigrant laborers from competing with unionized white workers for scarce jobs. It is a monument to racists!
In 1927, Rep. Robert Bacon, was miffed because the low bidder for a construction project in his district, a veterans’ hospital, was an Alabama contractor who used black labor.
The Davis–Bacon Act of 1931 is a United States federal law that establishes the requirement for paying the local prevailing wages on public works projects for laborers and mechanics.
Rep. Steve King has been stubbornly trying to repeal the racist Davis-Bacon law since 2005 and the liberals in Iowa just will not have anything to do with this ‘monument’ of a law to racism!
Davis-Bacon is just another piece of racist government that is as indefensible as it is indestructible as the Washington Post explains:
It is too secure to require defending because it benefits a muscular faction. Repeal would, however, reduce the cost of new infrastructure by many billions of dollars. And today, when social hygienists are cleansing the public square of names and statues tainted by historical connections with racism, Davis-Bacon’s durability is proof that a measure’s racist pedigree will be forgiven if the measure serves a progressive agenda.
Davis-Bacon was enacted in 1931 to require construction contractors to pay “prevailing wages” on federal projects. Generally, this means paying union wage scales. It was enacted as domestic protectionism, largely to protect organized labor from competition by African Americans who often were excluded from union membership but who were successfully competing for jobs by being willing to work for lower wages.
In 1927, Rep. Robert Bacon, a Long Island Republican, was miffed because the low bidder for a construction project in his district — a veterans’ hospital — was an Alabama contractor who used black labor. That year, when Bacon first introduced his legislation, he showed that he was not a narrow-gauge bigot. He inserted into the Congressional Record the following statement by 34 professors concerning immigration legislation:
“We urge the extension of the quota system to all countries of North and South America from which we have substantial immigration and in which the population is not predominantly of the white race. . . . Only by this method can that large proportion of our population which is descended from the colonists . . . have their proper racist representation.”
In 1931, the Depression had made government construction money scarce and coveted. How dare they let those black Americans take some of it.
The Davis-Bacon Act, was passed with the specific intent of preventing non-unionized black and immigrant laborers from competing with unionized white workers for scarce jobs. Liberals do not care. This law is a monument to the worst type of bigotry and racism around. This is government sponsored racism.
The devastating discriminatory effects persist, as minorities tend to be vastly underrepresented in highly unionized skilled trades. Not only was the law written with racism in mind, it still stifles the minorities!
In researching this topic I discovered that in 1993, the Institute for Justice filed a constitutional challenge to the racist Davis-Bacon Act on behalf small, minority-owned contracting firms. In 2002, nearly 10 years after the challenge was filed and six years after briefing in the case, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled against the contractors. The decision was not appealed. Why not?
This needs to go to the SCOTUS!
Insanity! Racist liberals!
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