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Qtec
09-11-2005, 10:04 PM
"Bush lifts wage rules for Katrina
President signs executive order allowing contractors to pay below prevailing wage in affected areas.
September 11, 2005: 11:59 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Bush issued an executive order Thursday allowing federal contractors rebuilding in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina to pay below the prevailing wage.

In a notice to Congress, Bush said the hurricane had caused "a national emergency" that permits him to take such action under the 1931 Davis-Bacon Act in ravaged areas of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi.

The Davis-Bacon law requires federal contractors to pay workers at least the prevailing wages in the area where the work is conducted. It applies to federally funded construction projects such as highways and bridges.

Bush's executive order suspends the requirements of the Davis-Bacon law for designated areas hit by the storm.

Bush's action came as the federal government moved to provide billions of dollars in aid, and drew rebukes from two of organized labor's biggest friends in Congress, Rep. George Miller of California and Sen. Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts, both Democrats.

"The administration is using the devastation of Hurricane Katrina to cut the wages of people desperately trying to rebuild their lives and their communities," Miller said.

"President Bush should immediately realize the colossal mistake he has made in signing this order and rescind it and ensure that America puts its people back to work in the wake of Katrina at wages that will get them and their families back on their feet," Miller said.

"I regret the president's decision," said Kennedy.

"One of the things the American people are very concerned about is shabby work and that certainly is true about the families whose houses are going to be rebuilt and buildings that are going to be restored," Kennedy said.

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The first [no-bid]contracts have already been handed out. [ have a guess who got them]
GW once again shows his true colors.
Q

rukiddingme
09-13-2005, 08:33 PM
Lets see, could Cheney's former employer be getting no bid contracts?
Lets pay people under the minimum wage to rebuild the city. That is the democratic right thing to do.
Lets wave the flag, talk about terrorism and pay these devastated people less than a living wage to rebuild their city, their homes, their lives.
Lets really line the pockets of these contractors. $60+ Billion of floating cash for the taking. That should make some people real rich.
After all, this government is for the people like GW and to hell with everybody else...Come on folks...ask yourselves "Who is looting who here?"
Boy, don't you just feel proud to have elected this_____ as the President of the United States?
What an absolute DISGRACE!
Each and every day I reach new levels of absolute disgust!
ruk

Gayle in MD
09-13-2005, 09:53 PM
My sentiments exactly. Hard to even believe. I real disgrace.

Gayle

JPB
09-14-2005, 08:36 AM
Obviously the whole law should be repealed. Along with the minimum wage laws. No prices should be regulated by the government, including labor prices. Anything passed in 1930-1939 is suspect.

Of course, the government should only help rebuild NO to the extent necessary for national security. Make sure there is a functional port and secure shipping, etc... It will turn out to be a boondoggle instead, as we all know. So while the Davis-Bacon law is BS, the government contracts handed out will be too.

eg8r
09-14-2005, 11:45 AM
[ QUOTE ]
Of course, the government should only help rebuild NO to the extent necessary for national security. Make sure there is a functional port and secure shipping, etc... It will turn out to be a boondoggle instead, as we all know. So while the Davis-Bacon law is BS, the government contracts handed out will be too. <hr /></blockquote> I agree. Good post.

eg8r