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Iron Workers Applaud Bipartisan Senate Support for Prevailing Wage in CHIPS Act

Jun 10, 2021

The International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers applauds the U.S. Senate for affirming the strong labor standards in the Creating Helpful Incentives to Produce Semiconductors (CHIPS) Act. This important legislation would help rebuild the American semiconductor industry, bringing manufacturing jobs back from overseas. Fifty-eight senators voted to reject an amendment that would have stripped these labor standards from the bill. It was the first major floor vote on Davis-Bacon in the U.S. Senate in over a decade, and a resounding victory for American workers.

As a union representing 128,000 workers in construction and manufacturing, the Iron Workers recognize semiconductors are a critical link in the supply chain supporting many industries. The labor standards, including Davis-Bacon prevailing wage, attached to the bill would help ensure the industry creates good, local construction jobs.

The Iron Workers thank the members and leadership of the Democratic Caucus for their stalwart support of labor standards and applaud Republican Senators Roy Blunt, Steve Daines, John Kennedy, Shelly Moore Capito, Lisa Murkowski, Rob Portman, Marco Rubio and Dan Sullivan for their principled votes in favor of standards and workers. The expanded list of Republican Davis-Bacon supporters proves bipartisan agreement is still possible on commonsense issues such as the quality jobs supported by prevailing wage.