AWF Will Rate Vote on House Jobs Bill
Today, the House will be asked to vote on the so-called "jobs bill," H.R. 2847. AWF opposes this bill and will rate against a yes vote. Our vote alert is below:
The Alliance for Worker Freedom (AWF) urges all Congressmen to vote against H.R. 2847, the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act (Motion to Concur in the Senate Amendments with an Amendment).
The Alliance for Worker Freedom will rate today’s vote in our annual Congressional scorecard. A vote supporting this bill will negatively affect your contention for the Guardian of Worker Freedom award.
Containing numerous Davis-Bacon provisions, legislation that shows an unfair preference to unionized workers when constructing government contracted projects; the so-called “Jobs bill” marginalizes the average private sector worker.
• Extends current highway authorizations through December 31, 2010 transferring 19.5 billion from the general fund to the highway trust fund
• All Highway construction trust fund expenditures are required to be Davis-Bacon Act compliant
• Applying Davis-Bacon prevailing wage mandates inflates construction wages nationally by 22 percent
• This union wage compliance added $17 billion to the cost of the last “stimulus” bill
The misnamed “HIRE Act” doesn’t create “new” jobs and the adherence of a Depression-era union wage law forces fewer projects at a higher cost. If market wages were paid without union preference, there could be more construction projects paid at a market wage.
Don’t let kick-backs allow Member’s union buddies a 22 percent higher wage when 14.8 million Americans are out of work!