Concrete Products

MAY 2019

Concrete Products covers the issues that attract producers of ready mixed and manufactured concrete focusing on equipment and material technology, market development and management topics.

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10 • May 2019 GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS AGENCIES From the Associated Builders & Contractors, Washington, D.C. … The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Inspector General (OIG) cites outdated wage schedules and union-favoring tendencies in an audit report on prevail- ing wage rates the David-Bacon Act (DBA) mandates on federal or federally assisted con- struction projects. As of September 2018, the OIG and report authors found: • Of the DOL Wage and Hour Division's 134,738 unique published labor rates, 3 percent, or roughly 4,400, had not been updated in 21 to 40 years; • Of 124 wage rates in seven sampled surveys, 48 percent were not determined from data about a single construction worker within the 31 counties that the published rates represented; • Union wages prevailed for 48 percent of the wage determinations, despite the fact that just 12.8 percent of the U.S. private construc- tion workforce is unionized; • Less than .01 percent of 64,850 union wage rates were more than 10 years old, while 10 percent of the 69,888 nonunion wage rates were more than 10 years old; and, • Union rates are typically updated when locals renegotiate collective bargaining agreements, Dusty nonunion rate records skew Davis-Bacon wage schedules In their report for the Wage and Hour Division, Department of Labor Office of Inspector General auditors chart the dated nature of nonunion worker wage data in the WHD Wage Determinations Generation System. Union rates are typically adjusted upon collective bargaining agreement renewals, while updated nonunion work rate data collection hinges on new WHD surveys—partic- ipation in which lags. System classifications reflect local market conditions across the country for the spectrum of trades embodied in building, heavy, highway and residential project categories to which Davis-Bacon Act terms apply. WAGE RATE DATA: AGING GRACELESSLY POUR IT BOTH WAYS. HAVE IT YOUR WAY. Choose a FRONT OR REAR MIXVEYOR. Its amazing reach (up to 52 ft.) and fl exibility let you deliver everywhere, anywhere you want. 1 888 799 4422

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