The Act was passed by Congress in 1931 with the intent of keeping non-unionized black workers from competing for Construction jobs with white only labor unions.
The Davis Bacon Act is still in effect today and continues to have the same discriminatory today by, marginalizing Black unskilled and non-unionized construction workers.
Repealing the Act would not only end discriminatory practices, but would also save the federal government billions on construction costs and over $100 million annually in administrative costs each year.
Repeal of the Davis Bacon Act would create over 160,000 new construction jobs, most of which would be in urban cities.
President George was a tireless champion of Repealing the Davis Bacon Act, as he felt it sickening it’s impact on Black workers.
When Hurricane Katrina tragically left an entire region buckling, Sen. Ted Kennedy and other Democrats tried to exploit the situation by seeking that the Davis Bacon Act would be enforce in reconstruction projects.
That would have prevented most of the local workers from gaining employment in Construction jobs, particularly minorities.
President George Bush stepped up to the plate and told the Democrat Party that he was not going to allow them to do that to the people of New Orleans and, in particular, to the Black workers in the city.
He suspended the Davis Bacon Act, which allowed countless workers, skilled and unskilled, to work in rebuilding their city. Had President Bush not done so, there is no doubt New Orleans would still be struggling to rebuild infrastructure.
I thank President Bush for being a champion of Labor Freedom and a true Civil Rights Advocate.
President Bush was far more committed to equality and fairness for minorities than Barack Obama, the so called “First Black President’.