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September 14, 2022

The True Intent of Prevailing Wage

Catherine from Oklahoma asks: “We are seeing more prevailing wage requirements on service work. Are you? Is everyone else?”

NSCA responds: Yes, we are. But it’s not right. The Davis Bacon Act (prevailing wage) was established in 1931 to create a level playing field for construction projects. This federal law establishes the requirement for paying local prevailing wages on public works projects for laborers and mechanics. (Prevailing wage refers to the hourly wage, usual benefits, and overtime paid in the largest city in each county to the majority of workers, laborers, and mechanics.)

But our question: What does service work have to do with a construction project? Certain cities and counties now require that prevailing wage be paid on everything, including service work. But is that the true intent of the Davis Bacon Act and prevailing wage? Find out in this short video.

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