Labor fights to preserve Davis-Bacon

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Among the litany of regulations in line to be eased or suspended during the daunting rebuilding process on the Gulf Coast are several that have greatly alarmed labor unions, whose furious lobbying efforts are hitting a brick wall of conservative might.

Union officials are concerned that President Bush’s Sept. 8 suspension of the Davis-Bacon Act, which requires federal contractors to pay construction workers a prevailing wage, was only the beginning. Further hurting the union cause is GOP lawmakers’ support for broad bureaucratic relaxation in the Labor Department, a push rooted in the long-standing bad blood between unions and Republican think tanks.Among the litany of regulations in line to be eased or suspended during the daunting rebuilding process on the Gulf Coast are several that have greatly alarmed labor unions, whose furious lobbying efforts are hitting a brick wall of conservative might.

Union officials are concerned that President Bush’s Sept. 8 suspension of the Davis-Bacon Act, which requires federal contractors to pay construction workers a prevailing wage, was only the beginning. Further hurting the union cause is GOP lawmakers’ support for broad bureaucratic relaxation in the Labor Department, a push rooted in the long-standing bad blood between unions and Republican think tanks.

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