Davis Bacon Act And Collective Bargaining Agreements

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Once a successor has defined its initial terms and conditions of employment, the contractor may only make changes to those terms and conditions of employment (status quo) after negotiating with the union and reaching an agreement or a stalemate in good faith. If there is a bargaining alley, the employer can apply the conditions it proposed to the union during the negotiations. Negotiating alleys are often difficult to justify; The employer must prove that the parties are blocked and that further discussions are unlikely to result in an agreement. The use of union data would probably be necessary regardless of assumptions, since data are collected through voluntary surveys. Since the answers are voluntary and the answer requires considerable work to understand and complete them, it is in the interest of employers, with high salaries and high overheads, to respond to them. By responding to the demand for data, if employers with lower wages and low overheads do not do so, they are pulling the prevailing wage setting in their favour. For small employers and employers who do not participate in federal contracts, it is not worth receiving the survey completion fee. [10] [26] In addition, it is in the interest of local unions to participate in the surveys, as predetermination of wages well below union wages would allow non-unionized employers to successfully offer on contracts. [10] As a result, survey responses tend to be upward-oriented towards the level of conventional wages.

This source of distortion was established in the report of the DOL Office of the Inspector General: “An earlier audit showed that the methods used to obtain survey data allowed for distortions in wage surveys. No statistical sample of employers was conducted. Only data from employers and third parties who agreed to participate in the surveys were taken into account. As a result, data that could influence the results of the survey may have been omitted. Employers and third parties who may have been involved in wage decisions were also given the opportunity to submit erroneous data that could influence the survey results. “[27] The conditions of a KNA apply to all employees of the tariff unit, whether or not they belong to the union. No specific term or language is required to be included in a CBA. However, the outcome of the negotiations depends on a large number of factors, such as. B the leverage of the parties, the bargaining strategy, the bargaining objectives, the union`s willingness to strike, the contractor`s ability to continue working during a strike, the magnitude and degree of changes desired, the degree of support for the union among employees, and the determination of the contractor`s management and government clients to resist union pressure.

When defining its negotiating strategy and objectives, the contractor must know what cost increases are budgeted for the contractor and what expenses can be reimbursed by the contracting authority. . . .