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'''Prevailing wage Law needs to be repealed'''Prevailing wage law in Kentucky needs to be repealed. Prevailing wage law favors unions. It gives union contractors wages that are much higher than the median wage for the location and industry. It locks out non union contractors giving the job to union contractors at a much higher wage rate than the median rate. The government ends up spending excessive amounts of taxpayer money to pay union contractors. The sad thing is most taxpayers don’t know that their money is going to fund unions through the form of government overpayment to unions. Unions end up hurting the non union portion of the construction industry. Many of these non union construction trades are small and midsize businesses. Taxpayers don’t know it but they are funding discrimination and unconstitutional employment practices, since the unions purposely lock out minorities from the union work force. The Supreme Court has ruled it unconstitutional to not hire someone on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, creed, or sexual orientation. Yet, the Union continues to hire mostly white men for union construction jobs. Another example, of how unions are hurting America is when they take money that could be used for improving education in the public schools, and instead this money goes to overpaying unions to build public schools and universities, and students lose out. For example, “Ohio law requires public schools and universities to pay more than necessary for building construction and repair” (Williams, 1997).   
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Prevailing wage law in Kentucky needs to be repealed. Prevailing wage law favors unions. It gives union contractors wages that are much higher than the median wage for the location and industry. It locks out non union contractors giving the job to union contractors at a much higher wage rate than the median rate. The government ends up spending excessive amounts of taxpayer money to pay union contractors. The sad thing is most taxpayers don’t know that their money is going to fund unions through the form of government overpayment to unions. Unions end up hurting the non union portion of the construction industry. Many of these non union construction trades are small and midsize businesses. Taxpayers don’t know it but they are funding discrimination and unconstitutional employment practices, since the unions purposely lock out minorities from the union work force. The Supreme Court has ruled it unconstitutional to not hire someone on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, creed, or sexual orientation. Yet, the Union continues to hire mostly white men for union construction jobs. Another example, of how unions are hurting America is when they take money that could be used for improving education in the public schools, and instead this money goes to overpaying unions to build public schools and universities, and students lose out. For example, “Ohio law requires public schools and universities to pay more than necessary for building construction and repair” (Williams, 1997).   
 
The Davis Bacon Act has racist roots. It was enacted to prevent Black owned firms from the South to migrate to New York City and compete on construction contracts. The Davis Bacon Act was created to prevent blacks from competing on construction contracts in big cities like Baltimore, New York, and Chicago because union leaders thought that African Americans were depressing labor wages. Eventually, African Americans left New York and were forced to return to the south, which had enacted Jim Crow laws, and made it impossible for African Americans to find employment. Since 2000, labor unions faced 13,815 complaints of discrimination filed with the government's Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. These include:  
 
The Davis Bacon Act has racist roots. It was enacted to prevent Black owned firms from the South to migrate to New York City and compete on construction contracts. The Davis Bacon Act was created to prevent blacks from competing on construction contracts in big cities like Baltimore, New York, and Chicago because union leaders thought that African Americans were depressing labor wages. Eventually, African Americans left New York and were forced to return to the south, which had enacted Jim Crow laws, and made it impossible for African Americans to find employment. Since 2000, labor unions faced 13,815 complaints of discrimination filed with the government's Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. These include:  
 
• 4,248 complaints of race discrimination
 
• 4,248 complaints of race discrimination

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                  Prevailing wage Law needs to be repealed

Prevailing wage law in Kentucky needs to be repealed. Prevailing wage law favors unions. It gives union contractors wages that are much higher than the median wage for the location and industry. It locks out non union contractors giving the job to union contractors at a much higher wage rate than the median rate. The government ends up spending excessive amounts of taxpayer money to pay union contractors. The sad thing is most taxpayers don’t know that their money is going to fund unions through the form of government overpayment to unions. Unions end up hurting the non union portion of the construction industry. Many of these non union construction trades are small and midsize businesses. Taxpayers don’t know it but they are funding discrimination and unconstitutional employment practices, since the unions purposely lock out minorities from the union work force. The Supreme Court has ruled it unconstitutional to not hire someone on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, creed, or sexual orientation. Yet, the Union continues to hire mostly white men for union construction jobs. Another example, of how unions are hurting America is when they take money that could be used for improving education in the public schools, and instead this money goes to overpaying unions to build public schools and universities, and students lose out. For example, “Ohio law requires public schools and universities to pay more than necessary for building construction and repair” (Williams, 1997). The Davis Bacon Act has racist roots. It was enacted to prevent Black owned firms from the South to migrate to New York City and compete on construction contracts. The Davis Bacon Act was created to prevent blacks from competing on construction contracts in big cities like Baltimore, New York, and Chicago because union leaders thought that African Americans were depressing labor wages. Eventually, African Americans left New York and were forced to return to the south, which had enacted Jim Crow laws, and made it impossible for African Americans to find employment. Since 2000, labor unions faced 13,815 complaints of discrimination filed with the government's Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. These include: • 4,248 complaints of race discrimination • 3,386 complaints of age discrimination • 1,820 complaints of sex discrimination • 1,642 complaints of disability discrimination • 297 complaints of religious discrimination (Wilson, 2009)

The Davis-Bacon Act was passed by Congress in 1934 with the strong support of labor unions” (Tuerck, 2008). It was passed by lawmakers to keep African Americans from working on construction projects for the federal government. The AFL-CIO President, William Green recently testified that "colored labor is being sought to demoralize wage rates” (Tuerck, 2008) . “The state prevailing wage law is a boon to both union contractors and the union trades. The contractors don't have to compete on labor costs. They just pass those costs on to the hapless taxpayer. And the unions are happy because the contactors are willing to pay whatever the unions demand. In effect, the state serves as the enforcement arm of the union monopoly from which it is compelled to buy construction service” (Tuerck, 2008). The Federal Government uses only unions for the federal highway projects, and therefore they are hiring individual’s based on race and ethnicity, since Unions are composed mostly of White Labor. Taxpayers are unknowingly funding racism in the workforce.

The law was created during the Great Depression to keep southern black workers from competing for construction jobs in the North. (Tuerck, 2008). To this day, it continues the system that chooses big contractors and big labor over what is best for the community at large (Tuerck, 2008).

. The Commonwealth is the victim of union forced racism, and taxpayers in Kentucky are unknowingly paying the bill for this vindictive practice. Union prevailing wage laws and the Davis Bacon Act has a monopoly that sees only one color and that is white. The Democratic Party is a big supporter of Unions since this is where most of their campaign money comes from. Harry Alford, the CEO Of “The Black Chamber of Commerce” is outraged that politicians and black organizations such as the NAACP would sell out to unions, whom continue to propagate racist employment practices that target African Americans and other minorities. He cites an example of Detroit to support his argument: “The City of Detroit has embarked on a major construction expansion including a new football stadium and a new major league baseball park – across the street from each other. Even though the City of Detroit has a population that is 77% Black, these two projects which have been declared "union only" will, at best, average no more than 15% African American participation in the workforce” (Wilson, 2009). In 1999, Harry Alford, president of the National Black Chamber of Commerce testified before Congress on the Racism found in the Davis Bacon Act. He said, “The exclusivity effect of Davis-Bacon requirements encourages the construction trades to continue its activity of discrimination against African-American labor. Locally, regionally and nationally construction trades under-represent the African-American population. Go to any city or look at any major project and you will find a great disparity against African-American labor” (Wilson, 2009).African Americans should be outraged at Unions and Democrats and should join the fight for America’s freedom from Unions and Democrats who are discriminating against minorities in the workplace, destroying the economy, and stealing our freedom.


Tuerck, D. G. (2008). Next Target:The Prevailing Wage Law. Boston Globe .www.bostonglobe.com Williams, J. (1997). Repeal Prevailing Wage Law to increase school fund. Buckeye Institute .www.buckeyeinstitute.org Wilson, J. (2009). The racist roots of the davis bacon act. Center for Union Facts .www.unionfacts.com


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