Report Davis-Bacon Act Resurrects Old Prevailing Wage Methodology in SmallGovCon.com A blog by Koprince Law LLC in General Posted September 18 Having worked with DBA wage rates dating back to the 1970’s, I sense that this reversion was made to favor Union wage scales. The major controversy back in the pre 1983 revision by the Reagan Administration was that the prevailing wage rates were essentially the local trade union rates. This was to protect and promote union share of construction work, even if union share of the workforce was a small minority (apparently 30%). Im certain that this is a Biden Administration union serving initiative, cloaked by other narrative rationale. I will say that the quality of work on union projects in my experience is usually exceptional. However, union labor practices, such as feather bedding and other restrictions on what each trade can perform on a job, should still result in effective competition for construction project contract awards by non-union construction contractors. One of the worst examples that I personally witnessed was on a highly technical Chemical Weapons Disposal processing plant construction project. Three union electricians would carry 10’ and 20’ PVC, small diameter electrical conduits, grinning as they walked past us. I will also say that, in many areas, the prevailing wage rates, even for non-union contractors often exceed the DBA wage decision rates, due to competition for trade labor.