1. Defender ~ Olivia Lewis
2. Detractor ~ Tawndy
3. Moderator/Scribe ~Taylor Walker
September 3, 2015
Econ of Black Community Development 788

Davis-Bacon Act Debate

For/Defender Against/Detractor
Group 1 Debate/
Discussion I am in support of the Davis-Bacon Act, as workers in cities are facing unemployment as a result of the ability for manufacturers to simply lower wages and bring in new workers.
 Benefits all workers
 Fair, deserved pay, fair competition
 Force companies to hire unionized workers
o Provides proper protection of workers
 Set wage
o Allows laborers to afford expenditures in the city
 Improve work morale
 Creates equity in the work place I am in opposition of the Davis-Bacon Act, contractors and subcontractors are performing on federally funded or assisted contracts in excess of $2000 for construction, alteration, or repair of public buildings, or public works.
 Racist origins
o Author was racist
 Lest immigration upset nation’s “racial status quo”
o Keeps blacks from competition w/ ununionized white workers
o Act passed with the intention of preventing non-unionized and immigrant laborers from competing with unionized white workers for scarce jobs during the Great Depression
 Currently, has devastating impact
 Nonunionized black workers are underrepresented in highly unionized skilled trades and over represented in pool of unskilled workers
 Restricts economic opportunities of low-income individuals
o Minority contracting firms are often small, non-unionized, & can’t pay “prevailing wage”
 Requires contractors to pay unskilled laborers prevailing wage for any job performed
o Forces contractors to hire skilled tradesmen
 Selecting workers from pool dominated by whites
 Creates barrier for unskilled o/ low-skilled workers
Low income blacks cannot reap the benefits of the well paid construction industry