Historic Labor Protections Attached to Inflation Reduction Act Will Protect Workers, Ensure Fair Wages

Tuesday, June 18, 2024

United Association of Union Plumbers and Pipefitters (UA) General President Mark McManus hailed the announcement of historic labor protections attached to tax credits created and expanded by the Biden Administration’s Inflation Reduction Act as a monumental step to protecting workers and fair wages:

“President Biden promised to be the most worker-friendly president of our lifetime, and with these historic labor protections he continues to deliver on that promise. These prevailing wage and registered apprenticeship requirements, combined with incentives for the use of project labor agreements, will ensure that the hardworking men and women who build the future of American energy and American infrastructure are paid the fair wages and benefits they earn,” said Mark McManus, General President of the United Association. “Davis-Bacon protections are the very foundation of the American working class. These prevailing wage laws mean our members can go to work each day and earn fair wages, without fear of an unscrupulous contractor undercutting our work – and now, these robust record keeping requirements announced by the Treasury Department will help enforce these essential protections. Even more, these final rules will help grow our nation’s energy capacity to meet our shared energy goals all while paying fair wages. The entire United Association is proud to work together with the Biden Administration to modernize our infrastructure and continue to give every single American a fair shot at success.”